Manager sure team will respond well to high expectationsNEIL Adams is confident his squad can handle expectations as they prepare to kick-off their Sky Bet Championship campaign against Wolves on Sunday (4pm).
Speaking at his first press conference of the new season, Adams said he’s more than aware that City are among the favourites for promotion but insists it means little unless they can convert promise into points.
“We can’t stop people tipping us to go back up but we have to make sure we go and perform. We have to show people we are as good as they think,” commented the Canaries’ boss.
“We have to be ready to handle that along with the other two relegated teams because no-one is just going to let us go back up, that is for sure. Wolves are not going to roll over and let us do what we want to do.
“We have a good core group who are capable of competing really well in this division this. The key thing for us is you respect the opposition but they have to respect us equally because we are going to be positive in every game to try and get as many points and victories as possible.”
Adams added that Alex Tettey (groin) has resumed full training and will be available for selection against the League One champions, but admitted there is a doubt over the fitness of Gary Hooper (calf) while also confirming the expected absence of Jonny Howson (knee).
Leroy Fer will not travel either as he continues his recovery programme for the hamstring injury he picked up while on World Cup duty with the Netherlands.
City’s manager says getting the correct tactical balance will be important against the West Midlands club and in the other 45 league games awaiting his team between now and next May.
“To do well in this division you need to score goals, but of course that doesn’t mean you throw caution to the wind and risk losing games before you have a foothold,” he explained.
“You have to get the balance with the emphasis on attacking, scoring goals and dominating the ball. But you have to be ready to defend as and when because we will be tested.
“Wolves are a good side, well organised, they have a style of play and a philosophy that suits them. It will be a tough game but I am anticipating 46 tough ones.”
On the benefits of a successful early part of the campaign, he added: “Obviously it goes without saying a good start is preferable to struggling because otherwise you are playing catch up.
“Just for the feel-good factor too as well and the morale and team spirit, which has been excellent.
“People have told me it’s a really tough opening group of fixtures but looking on the positive side if we come through and have done well we’ll look at it in a different light.”