The enemy within is a bigger threat to Norwich City than Grant Holt
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Grant Holt's threat pales when set against the danger from the enemy within.
The Canaries underlined at Wigan last weekend they remain effective beyond the borders of Norfolk, in stark contrast to a desperate run at Carrow Road.
Neil Adams knows he has to find the answer to a conundrum which threatens their bid to compete against the leading players.
'There was a question mark against the team and the club last year away from home and I feel we have addressed that,' he said. 'Our away form is not too bad with five wins and a draw from 10 games. It could be even better but the home form is the one. We have dropped too many points and had too many draws, five at home, and that is 10 points we feel we have let slip. Perhaps at the start of the season you would have felt that would have been the opposite and we know we need to start winning at Carrow Road.'
Adams and his coaching brains have examined every aspect of City's planning and preparation to find the cure to home ills.
'We looked at maybe starting quicker and that is why I was delighted we came out of the traps so quickly at Wigan, that was one aspect we focused on,' he said. 'We hadn't scored in first halves, so we looked at that as well, but the key for me really is addressing our own frailties, our own lack of concentration and focus at key moments. Those individual mistakes have cost us. We have been punished and we can't complain.
'I said it recently it would be nice to see the ball get kicked out of the ground rather than the back of the net when we do and that hasn't been the case. That is frustrating because when you analyse a game there is not much wrong and that is not me trying to be flippant.'
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City failed to impose themselves on either Brighton or Reading in the last two frustrating home episodes and Adams accepts Huddersfield would fall into the same category if they do not perform.
'We know if we are sloppy, if we switch off, if we don't do our jobs individually or as a team they will punish us,' he said. 'If there is something to be learnt from those games and what has happened it is we know what costs us. We are well aware any team in this division can take points off us if we are not at it. If we are, we fancy ourselves to win.'
Adams proved against the Latics he is prepared to be pragmatic to get the desired result.
'I just felt the midfield area was key for us going away to a team who were equally in need of a win so I went with a strong midfield rather than wide players,' he said. 'It is not a defensive set-up because Jonny Howson has scored three in four, (Alex) Tettey and (Bradley) Johnson have scored for us this season, so it is not about stringing four midfielders across our own penalty box and having nothing else in our mind other than a clean sheet.'