Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty is not restricted to wide role with Norwich City
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Among the positives for Norwich City boss Neil Adams to enjoy during the international break was the performance of Kyle Lafferty for Northern Ireland.
The summer signing from Palermo set up the equaliser before going on to score the winner in an impressive 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Hungary.
That was the 26-year-old former Rangers forward's first competitive goal of the campaign and his 10th in 38 games for his country.
Adams now hopes Lafferty can use that momentum to open his Canaries account, saying: 'I was delighted for him. Obviously strikers need to score goals and we've said what he provides us as a team is invaluable.
'His work rate is excellent, he puts opposition defenders under pressure and he also creates and assists for us.
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'But I watched the game in full and I was absolutely delighted for him. He made the assist and then deservedly got his goal at the end.'
Lafferty has so far found himself playing on the left of a three-pronged attack for City, with top scorer Lewis Grabban occupying the central role.
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But the Canaries chief feels that is a position the tall forward is comfortable with.
'He's played a lot of his career wide off the left,' Adams added. 'He's not a left winger, he's played as a wide forward I suppose and has done it for a number of years, particularly with his last club over in Italy.
'But we like to give the forward players licence to go and be fluid in games. If Kyle goes down the middle, we have a shape and all we ask is that the players conform to that and it gives them licence to go and play.'