Neil Adams lays it on the line to his Norwich City players

Wes Hoolahan was restored to the Norwich City line in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Preston. Picture by P

Wes Hoolahan was restored to the Norwich City line in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Shape up or else – that's Neil Adams' stark warning to his Norwich City players following an abject 2-0 FA Cup exit at League One Preston.

Adams' patience with his under-performing squad finally snapped after watching the Canaries crash out at the third round stage to Paul Gallagher's second-half brace for the Lilywhites.

The City chief apologised to the 1,099 fans who made the 540-mile round trip to Lancashire after Norwich's latest cup surrender, before revealing he will not be afraid to bring in new blood in the January transfer window if his players continue to short-change supporters on their faltering Championship promotion bid.

'Certainly, we have to have a good look at it,' he said. 'That is something of course we have been doing ahead of the window but these last two performances we have come up short by a long way. It could affect what I want to do now because we have to seriously look at every position and really decide do we have what is needed in this squad as it stands to get us promoted. That is not easy to say. We've got four weeks to add to it and, if we feel we need to make changes, we will.'


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