Neil Adams pulls no punches over Norwich City’s declining Championship fortunes

Lewis Grabban hammered his penalty against the bar in the recent 1-0 Championship defeat at Fulham.

Lewis Grabban hammered his penalty against the bar in the recent 1-0 Championship defeat at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Neil Adams knows Norwich City's recent Championship output is unacceptable after a 1-0 defeat at Fulham made it one league win in the past five games.

Sean Kavanagh's rifled winner in the 22nd minute finished a rapier counter after City were punished for losing possession in their own half.

Lewis Grabban hammered a penalty against the bar and Josh Murphy also struck the woodwork in the second period but Adams accepts the underlying trend is a negative one in direct contrast to a bright start to the campaign.

'It isn't good enough for us. If we were hopeless then you would expect that type of recent form but we have been on top of teams and created countless good chances until this game,' he said. 'We didn't hurt them enough and conceding that first goal is something we can't afford to do. To take one point from the last three games is not good enough for the way we have played.

'We can talk about creating chances but we have to keep clean sheets as well. Fulham break away and score with probably their first shot on goal. We've had a look back at it after the game and there are probably two or three errors from us and we can't afford to do that. Teams will defend against us and take those chances so we have to be better.

'We had an excellent first nine or 10 games and now I know people will say how are they going to react and how will they respond? Those are questions we have to answer.'

Grabban's recent struggles in front of goal typify the Canaries' current predicament.

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'We asked him to play in a slightly different position and he has been fantastic for us so I had no worries about him when he picked the ball up to put it on the penalty spot because he is an excellent striker,' said Adams. 'Lewis is confident enough to take it. He has almost hit it too well and it has rattled off the bar, so we are kicking ourselves about that because those are the fine margins and if we score, we probably win.

'I didn't feel he was quite himself in this game and obviously to miss a penalty does not help his confidence.

'We have to be careful not to keep saying the same things about dominating possession, dominating territory and the ball. We are not picking up victories and that is the concern for me. We had 63% possession, which is massive away from home, but in terms of creating genuine goalscoring chances that didn't materialise. I'm happy with the performances and how we are dominating the ball but it's what that relates to now which is something we have to pick up straight away.'