Neil Adams' Canaries seek vital win at Craven CottageFULHAM v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, April 12, 2014
NORWICH City travel to Fulham for their first test under Neil Adams, and do so in confident mood despite a meagre track record in west London.
It's been 28 years since the Yellow Army last tasted victory against Fulham, the last being a 1-0 win for City at Craven Cottage in 1986, but according to the Canaries' new boss history means little heading into this one.
"I keep hearing that Fulham is a must-win or a one-game season. It is a five game season and we are capable of beating anyone," he said.
Fulham are sure to have found some confidence after victory at Aston Villa last week, but they lost their last home game to Everton and have the worst home record in the league barring Sunderland, shipping 34 goals in the process.
City will be eager to reverse similarly poor form away from home, particularly against a side one place behind them in the league before facing four opponents at the other end of the table in their remaining games. After losing their last six games away from Carrow Road, City's players are keenly aware the time has come to reverse the trend.
Robert Snodrass told Norwich City TV: "We've had fresh ideas on the training ground this week. The manager has got things up his sleeve. I know straight away that the boys will be ready. The place has been lively and to get a good result you need to come out of the blocks flying."
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Scott Parker scored three minutes from time to consign Norwich City to a 2-1 defeat against Fulham on Boxing Day.
Parker could make a long-awaited return to the Fulham side when the Canaries face the Cottagers in the return fixture. His impressive late strike last time around left Norwich just three points above the relegation zone. That gap has grown to five since then, with Fulham occupying the final relegation spot.
Gary Hooper had put City ahead early on with a deflected effort, but the Cottagers were always in the game and equalised when Pajtim Kasami curled in a low free-kick.
City had a decent penalty shout turned down and an effort cleared off the line in the second half, but Fulham rose into the ascendancy. The introduction of Wes Hoolahan and Ricky van Wolfswinkel did little to relieve the growing pressure, and Parker's strike capped a strong half from the visitors and was enough to seal the points.
L - 0-1 v West Brom (H) 05/04/2014 - Premier League
L - 0-3 v Swansea City (A) 29/03/2014 - Premier League
W - 2-0 v Sunderland (H) 22/03/2014 - Premier League
L - 2-4 v Southampton (A) 15/03/2014 - Premier League
D - 1-1 v Stoke City (H) 08/03/2014 - Premier League
W - 2-1 v Aston Villa (A) 05/04/2014 - Premier League
L - 1-3 v Everton (H) 30/03/2014 - Premier League
L - 5-0 v Man City (A) 22/03/2014 - Premier League
W - 1-0 v Newcastle (H) 15/03/2014 - Premier League
L - 3-1 v Cardiff (A) 08/03/2014v - Premier League
LAST NORWICH CITY XI
Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong (c), Olsson; Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan; Elmander, Hooper.
LAST FULHAM XI
Stockdale, Heitinga, Richardson, Riether, Hangeland; Amorebieta, Holtby, Diarra, Woodrow, Sidwell, Kasami.