Neil Adams offers no excuses for Norwich City’s tame Capital One Cup exit to Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town's James Collins celebrates the goal that dumped Norwich City out of the Capital One

Shrewsbury Town's James Collins celebrates the goal that dumped Norwich City out of the Capital One Cup: Nigel French/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Neil Adams refused to offer any excuses for Norwich City's tame Capital One Cup exit on Tuesday night at League Two underdogs Shrewsbury.

The City chief made 11 changes to his starting line up from the weekend's Championship draw against Birmingham, but City deservedly crashed out of the cup to James Collins' 55th minute header.

'I felt we had a strong enough team out there to win this game,' said Adams. 'We should have been capable of winning it and that is not being disrespectful to Shrewsbury. We started okay, we were in control of possession, missed a couple of chances but generally speaking we've not scored a goal and we've lost a game and that is not good enough.

'I wanted after this game to have five or six banging on my door saying, 'You've got to play me,' and that is not going to be the case. It was an opportunity for some of them to play their way into the team, like Cameron Jerome has done, and they missed out. We didn't do enough. I thought we over-played at times when we got in crossing positions they weren't bang on the money and even the ones we did put in the movement wasn't the best. I'm not going to cover up or make excuses. It wasn't good enough. Looking at how the game panned out we should have done better.'

Kyle Lafferty missed Norwich's best chance in the first half before he was withdrawn late on after running the risk of picking up a second yellow card.

'Yes, I was concerned he might get sent off,' said Adams. 'He picked up a yellow card and shortly after was involved again, although I didn't think the Shrewsbury players did him any favours surrounding the referee. You don't want a red card and we needed to change it anyway and try something different but once he was getting involved we didn't want to see a short fuse.'