Chippy Norwich City shows the players care

Lewis Grabban is set to turn out against one of his former clubs at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoo

Lewis Grabban is set to turn out against one of his former clubs at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Things were chippy in the crowd on Tuesday night against Charlton – but it has actually been during their more productive nights that Norwich City's players have been chippy among themselves.

From Lewis Grabban giving Alex Tettey a shove at Brentford, to Martin Olsson and Bradley Johnson staring each other out during the home comeback draw with Birmingham, the tension has occasionally spilled out between team-mates so far this season.

Not that Grabban thinks it's any sort of problem.

'I think everyone is desperate to do the best they can do and with that and what is at stake, tempers fly, people get frustrated on the pitch and maybe lose their cool,' said the former Rotherham striker, preparing for a Millers reunion on Saturday afternoon.

'That's just what professional sport is about. So as long as you have got someone there to calm the situation, I don't think there's an issue.'

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Adams will have to decide whether to stick or twist with his starters following midweek – and he certainly has the options to choose from. But having enjoyed a settled group of starters, Grabban believes the City boss has the best of both worlds.

'Having a big squad and the quality of the players we've got, it's good to have rotation throughout the campaign and there are hardly any players that play 46 league games,' he added, speaking after last weekend's win at Blackpool.

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'It's a good thing to get rested sometimes. The starting XI can't be changed every week but as a squad, if one goes out then we have the ability to have another player come in that will do a good job and benefit the team. It's a positive either way, having a settled XI and a big squad.'

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