New boss on first game in charge at Craven cottage
AS NEW City boss Neil Adams prepares for his first game in charge of the first team he says preparations have gone well on the training pitch ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League match with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
"It's gone very well, really pleased with how things have gone," said Adams. "The players' attitudes have been fantastic, they're really buying into what we're trying to get out there and what we're trying to do with the team.
"In terms of how it's gone and how pleased I am with the first few days of the training, really impressed and really pleased."
Ahead of the match Adams confirmed that the fitness of Leroy Fer, who has been missing since the beginning of March with a hamstring injury, is continuing to be assessed.
"He's done a bit of conditioning work, but obviously we've got to look at it, it might be a bit too soon for him. But we've got to have a look at him today and tomorrow. And of course he's an excellent player and the more players we've got fit the better."
The fitness of centre-backs Joseph Yobo and Ryan Bennett is also being monitored - Yobo returning to the team in last Saturday's match after a recent calf injury.
Adams commented: "We've had them out, they've both been rested. It's basically going to be geared around today and tomorrow to manage them the best we can. What I want is as many back fit as possible. So we'll obviously protect those that need resting, but obviously Saturday is the focus and if we can get them right for then, that's what we'll be aiming to do."
He also confirmed that there will be more development game-time for winger Elliott Bennett.
"He'll play for the Under-21s again on Friday night. Obviously he needs more minutes than he's had. But I thought he was excellent at Anfield, where I think he only played 60 to 70 minutes. The plan is to for him to try and play 90 against Bolton at Carrow Road and obviously if he comes through that then again another really valuable member of the squad and it would be great to have him back."
Going into Saturday's game the Canaries are one place but five points ahead of Felix Magath's side, who are on the back of a positive 2-1 away win at Aston Villa, having lost out to Everton in their last home match.
"They're fighting for their lives with the rest of us, the teams down there we all need points," said Adams.
"But with obviously what has happened here this week, this hopefully gives us a fresh impetus and if training is anything to go by we're certainly going there with confidence. So you should have two teams that are right at it."