False start has not shaken Norwich City boss Neil Adams’ promotion beliefs

The Norwich City players look dejected after Wolves take the lead. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus

The Norwich City players look dejected after Wolves take the lead. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams is adamant Norwich City's false start at Wolves will not shake his belief the Canaries can have a major say in the Championship promotion scrap.

The City boss is targeting home games against Watford and Blackburn to get Norwich up and running after a sour defeat at Molineux compounded by Martin Olsson's red card and later FA charge.

'We have two home games now, two full houses and we have to get the ball rolling,' he said. 'We are looking at the season and getting over that 80 or 85 point mark is paramount, scoring 80 odd goals is paramount. We have two good opportunities in the next two games and we have to get the points on the board. We know we will have vocal backing and we must make sure we do what is required.

'Am I expecting promotion? We are good enough, we have the players capable of doing that so that has to be the target. Yes, I expect to be in the promotion race. We have to guard against any complacency but we should be up their in the mix.

'Whether it brings any added pressure is irrelevant. A club of this size with the amount of season tickets we sell should expect that level of scrutiny.'

Adams believes emulating QPR's feat last season of bouncing back at the first attempt must be the main goal.

'The statistics tell you the best chance you have to get back is usually the first time of asking,' he said.

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'As the years go by you start to lose your parachute payments and probably your players and we've been fortunate, we've kept the ones we want to have a crack at it.

'It's not going to be easy. If we can get into that mentality of trying to win every game then you give yourself a chance. You look at Leicester and Burnley last season and I know the points and the goals they scored. You need to average just under two goals a game and if you get two points per game on average you are up.'