Caution is the way forward for Norwich City’s Neil Adams
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Norwich City's new-found caution is propelling Neil Adams' squad back into the Championship promotion mix.
The Canaries backed up a hard-fought away win at Wigan with a 5-0 thumping of 10-man Huddersfield. City cut loose in the second period at Carrow Road with a devastating goal burst after the Terriers had resisted for half-an-hour when Murray Wallace was sent-off for hauling down Cameron Jerome.
Bradley Johnson's brace and Nathan Redmond's looping header capped a prolific five-minute spell after the interval before Jerome and Lewis Grabban sealed the emphatic victory.
'I know there was some frustration at half-time but I was actually pleased with how we had set about the task,' said Adams. 'It was a little bit disappointing to get booed off at half-time when you are trying to dig in and establish a result and that first half set us up for the second. If we had gone out gung-ho and lost 1-0 I don't think we would have been applauded off at the end.
'Sometimes you dig in, make it solid and as the game goes on you open up, and things have gone perfectly to plan because we have been as guilty as any team this season of throwing things away. It is all about results. I am sure people get fed up of me saying it but looking at our other performances there hasn't been much difference. It is about sticking it in at one end and preventing them going in at the other by not making any silly mistakes.'
Adams was confident his side would prevail even without the added assistance from Wallace's mis-timed challenge.
'It didn't alter it a lot from my point of view. It did for Huddersfield because they had 10 for such a long time and in the second half we made full use of our extra man,' he said. 'It was a foul and I think Cameron is through on goal or has a chance to score a goal and by the letter of the law if you are denied that chance then he has to go. Unfortunately for Chris (Powell). In the second half we could get our foot on the ball, keep the tempo high, and that was the key thing we mentioned at half-time, and the openings would come.'
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Adams also opted to unleash Redmond at the interval who made an immediate impact with a looping far-post headed goal that the City boss wants to see much more of.
'We have looked at clips with him regarding his positioning when crosses come in from the left and I have a big input in that because it was my position as a player, and I have been telling him to get inside the full-back when crosses come from the left-hand side,' said Adams. 'I thought his performance was outstanding. We put him on to give us that width and more attacking impetus. It was key just to the get the first one and we said to them if it takes until the 95th minute we'll take it. The goal so early followed by a second and third meant we looked like opening Huddersfield up almost every time we crossed the half-way line. In terms of the gameplan and the approach and how the game was managed throughout it was as good as I could ask for.'