Norwich City boss Neil Adams demands pragmatism as well as panache

Cameron Jerome has been a key figure in Norwich City's recent Championship fightbacks. Picture by Pa

Cameron Jerome has been a key figure in Norwich City's recent Championship fightbacks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City have served up plenty of thrills and spills in the Championship's early sparring but Neil Adams is not averse to embracing a dash of pragmatism.

The Canaries travel to Blackpool on Saturday as the leading scorers on the road in the division, with only Wolves capable of stemming the flow on the opening weekend. Norwich's Carrow Road tussles have proved to be no less entertaining but Adams accepts his squad can not rely solely on their attacking power.

'We don't have to go all guns blazing. We just have to win the game,' he said. 'It would be ironic if we could go out, win a game 1-0 and it's an awful game because this season we don't seem to be involved in too many of them. They've been exciting, entertaining matches with goals. The priority is to win but probably the way we go about our business is reflected in the type of games we are involved in. We're not a team who will look to set our stall out and try to create a chance or two. We are regularly getting over 20 shots per game and 25 crosses. I'm pleased with the goals for and against columns and if we stay with that type of ratio throughout the season we are not going to be too far away.'

Adams is less forgiving regarding City's propensity to cede the initiative to recent league opponents.

'It would be nice to get that first goal and I actually thought we started well against Birmingham,' he said. 'Yet we ended up 2-0 down having started particularly well and looking good value. It would be good to go in at half-time in the lead and with little to have to deal with from the opposition. We're well aware we don't want to be chasing games too often. It's been well-documented that we didn't do well enough in the first half against Cardiff, but we were in there at 0-0 at Brentford and ultimately of course it's about how you finish games. It's the result at full-time which is the concern.

'If it takes an improved second half performance all the time, we'll take that as long as we win the game. What we don't want to do is go in at half-time behind too often, so we're aware of that. Certainly the last game at Carrow Road I don't think you could argue we started really strongly and brightly, but then again we go in at half-time 2-0 down, which is something we have to deal with. We don't need to give ourselves another mountain to climb.'

Tangerines' counterpart Jose Riga is still something of an unknown quantity after only a brief managerial stint in England, but Adams knows winless Blackpool present a tricky obstacle.

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'I don't know a lot about him but you hear the circumstances he has had to face and I wish him every success and every bit of luck he can get - from Sunday morning onwards,' said Adams. 'It is a good chance for us to pick up where we left off in the league, which has been going particularly well for us, and an opportunity for us to keep that momentum going. We have learned lessons from these opening games and how we approach things, but the philosophy will always be the same and that is to attack teams and try to win matches.'