Neil Adams wants points not perfection to halt Norwich City’s slide
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Neil Adams is prepared to do what it takes to drag Norwich City back into the Championship promotion mix.
Gary Hooper's late strike earned Norwich a point from a game they looked set to pick up only their second league win in the last 10, when Jonny Howson and Russell Martin cancelled out Bruno Saltor's first half opener.
Kazenga Lualua rifled an equaliser before Adrian Colunga slotted a nerveless penalty for the Seagulls, prior to Hooper's intervention, and sections of the home support made their feelings known on the final whistle.
The Norwich manager accepts his methods are now under scrutiny.
'We've talked about sometimes having to adapt and play a different brand of football maybe suited to some teams in this division,' he said. 'It doesn't have to be a million passes and the perfect goal. Sometimes you just have to play and win ugly at times if need be. That is probably why the game got off to a slow start, there was a lot of apprehension, but you felt that sooner or later we could increase the tempo, rather than having to chase things early on. Once we got into our stride, in the second half, we looked like we would win the game, which is why it is bitterly disappointing that we have shot ourselves in the foot. At 2-1 up, there were longer balls and balls into the channels and we were creating chances from that. As a group and a unit we always want to attack teams but it hasn't been our attacking intent that has cost us. We have to find that right balance.'
Norwich were again guilty of self-inflicted blows after failing to put the Seagulls out of reach following Martin's salvo.
'The second and third goals we have to do better,' said Adams. 'For the first you take your hat off to the lad who has put in a brilliant ball but we have to affect the player on the ball for the next goal. To give yourself the challenge of scoring three times at home to get something is not on.
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'Russell Martin has scored a wonder goal and we don't seem to have teams doing the same against us, when you just have to say that is a fantastic strike. We tend to be giving goals away from preventable, individual errors and we gave them a penalty and the second goal.'
Adams restored Jos Hooiveld to his central defence, but the experienced defender felled Sam Baldoock for Colunga's penalty.
'He has held his hand up in the changing room,' said Adams. 'He knows it is not good enough but it happens and then all of a sudden we are chasing a game that 15 minutes or so prior to that I am thinking we are about to wrap up.
'They are making basic errors and we have talked to them about counter-attack goals and goals being conceded from our own set plays and we addressed that. If there is one pleasing thing we didn't concede in that way, but we are still losing goals that when you look back at it you think are preventable.'