Do your talking on the pitch warns Norwich City’s Neil Adams

John Ruddy reacted to the criticism he took during Norwich City's 2-1 Championship defeat to Reading

John Ruddy reacted to the criticism he took during Norwich City's 2-1 Championship defeat to Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams has warned his Norwich City players to take flak on the chin and focus instead on ending the Canaries' Championship nosedive.

The City chief issued a timely reminder to his squad about their conduct on and off the pitch after frustration boiled over following last weekend's 2-1 Carrow Road league defeat to Reading.

Some City players reacted to chants of 'what a load of rubbish' on the pitch at the final whistle and keeper John Ruddy was later dragged into a frank exchange on his own Twitter account.

'I am well aware of the few incidents that happened after Saturday's game and we have stressed they shouldn't be getting involved in that type or line of thread,' said Adams. 'We take the plaudits when things are going well but there are other times when things aren't going well and you have to bite your lip. That applies to players during the game or afterwards or even on social media.

'I accept social media is a huge part of things now but you have to take it on the chin and make sure it doesn't escalate. Criticism is also part of the game.

'If we play well and win games these supporters will throw praise at us and they are with us. By the same token they are entitled to voice an opinion when things are not going well. If you are happy to accept the adulation and praise then when you get criticism, and deserved criticism, you have to deal with it.'

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