13:45 18th April 2014
by Norwich City Football Club
Manager looking for team to upset the odds this Sunday
NEIL Adams insists he’s left no stone unturned in his preparation to face Premier League leaders Liverpool this Sunday.
The Canaries’ boss is tasked with finding a way to end the visitors’ ten-match winning streak, but he says the players are going into the encounter confident of getting a positive result.
“It speaks for itself their run, and we respect that, but all runs are due to come to an end at some time and why can’t it be theirs that comes to an end at Carrow Road on Sunday?” he suggested when talking exclusively to Norwich City TV.
“It’s going to be tough, of course it is, but we’re confident. We treat every team the same.
“The research has been thorough, and we’ve spotted one or two weaknesses and identified one or two areas where we think we can have a little bit of joy against Liverpool.”
Adams, who will be taking charge of his first game at Carrow Road as manager, is hoping his side can use the home crowd to inspire them – and vice-versa.
“We have to make sure that the crowd stay with us, and that means obviously the application from the players being right and the football being right as well,” he added.
“If we can guarantee that, I’m sure we can guarantee the backing from the crowd.
“It’s a great atmosphere at Carrow Road in these big games, and no disrespect to the other teams but as we’ve said, they’re the best team in the country so it will be rocking.”
On the injury front, Adams confirmed that the game is all but certain to come too soon for Elliott Bennett, despite the winger completing 90 minutes for the Under-21s against Manchester United on Thursday, while Joseph Yobo will be absent with his calf problem.
“Obviously we know the serious injury that he (Bennett) had. He’s played two and a half games so he’s probably ready to be back involved with the squad, but you’ve got to be careful with such a long-term injury. You don’t want to force someone back early and then regret it.
“Joseph’s had a scan on his calf, and it will be a week or maybe two weeks, we don’t know. The sooner the better but he had the scan two or three days ago and he’s one we’ve got to manage.”