Neil Adams urges Norwich City to be fearless at Middlesbrough
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Neil Adams insists Norwich City must be fearless ahead of a testing Championship double header this week at promotion rivals Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.
The Canaries ended a five-matchwinless league run with Friday's 2-1 Carrow Road success over Bolton but slipped down to sixth the following day as Watford, Bournemouth and Boro all picked up maximum points.
Third-placed Boro hammered Rotherham 3-0 and Adams knows City's bid to continue their winning upturn will be tested Tuesday night on Teesside.
'There's no doubt these are two tough away games coming up,' he said. 'How do I look at them? The fact we have been playing well and we are up there in the table means we feel we can beat any team in this division.
'That is not trying to get above our station or carried away. I'm sure a lot of other teams would feel the same but we believe we have the tools in this squad and the players to go and hurt teams, as well as defend.
'I think we have shown that in the past two games. We had a clean sheet at Hillsborough, should have had one against Bolton, and the goals have come back for us. Going to Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest will hold no fears to us. We know we have to produce again but we are confident we can.'
Nathan Redmond was one of the bright sparks in Friday's televised win over the Trotters and Adams wants more of the same from the England Under-21 starlet.
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'I think he got better as the game went on to the point where he was a big threat and he probably deserved a goal,' said Adams. 'He would be disappointed with the one the keeper got his fingertips to and turned it onto a post because he had earned that.
'He attacked the full-back, he went inside and outside and his deliveries into the box were good. He caused them real problems.'