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CITY v BLACKBURN: ADAMS HOPES FOR MORE OF THE SAME

18 August 2014

City's boss previews the visit of Blackburn Rovers

NEIL Adams is hopeful his Norwich City team can back up their winning performance against Watford when Blackburn Rovers visit Carrow Road on Tuesday (7.45pm).

City’s boss was happy with nearly every aspect of the 3-0 triumph over the Hornets, but realises that the squad have to be prepared for the different challenges facing them in every Sky Bet Championship game.

Rovers have four points their two league games up to now, but Adams knows if the Canaries reach the levels they showed at the weekend, they can come out on top.

“Hopefully we can carry on where we left off. The desire is there as we know, the confidence is there and obviously with it being a night game at Carrow Road, the crowd will be there again,” he told Norwich City TV.

“We’re up against a Blackburn side who have started well, but we’re on our own patch.


“Regardless of whether we’re at home or away, we aim to go and win every game and that will be the same against on Tuesday night. Hopefully we’ll start in the manner that we played the whole game on Saturday.”

On the Lancashire club, he added: “We know the qualities they’ve got. We know how they’re likely to play, and they will us as well, so as we said before the Wolves and Watford games, we’ll be confident that if we play the right way and play to our potential, we’ll be ok.

“Gary Bowyer’s done a great job there. I’ve bumped into him in various seasons at various age groups, and I know people that are working here who used to work at Blackburn who speak very highly of him. He’s established himself there and he’s got where he is now because he deserves it.”

The victory over Watford came using a different tactical shape to the one employed against Wolves, but Adams remained open to all possibilities when discussing his approach to Tuesday’s match.

“We’ll look at who’s available and fit and analyse the opposition,” he added.


“It’s horses for courses – you’ve got to go with what you feel is the right system and the right selection to beat the opposition on any given day. If that means the same week-in, week-out and it’s working, then you stick with it, but if you feel you need to change it, then you have to.

“We need to go into every game knowing that we prepare properly – if that means changing the team, we’ll change it, if that means doing the same again, then we’ll do that. Whatever, we know it will be right for that occasion.”

Two players who won’t come into Adams’ thinking are Gary Hooper (calf) and Jonny Howson (knee), but he’s positive about their progress on the road to recovery.

“They’re closer, unfortunately they won’t be available for tomorrow night, but they’re getting better all the time,” he explained.

“Obviously we’re monitoring them all the time, they’re both moving a lot better now so hopefully the time where we can name them in the squad is a lot closer than it was a few weeks back.”

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