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NEIL ADAMS ON... FIVE TALKING POINTS AHEAD OF BOURNEMOUTH

28 August 2014

City's manager previews Saturday's game at Carrow Road

NEIL ADAMS ON…

… GOALS AT CARROW ROAD
“It’s always good to score plenty. We said at the start of the season that it will be about that. Of course you’ve got to stop them going in, and we’ve been quite pleased with that as well over the amount of games we’ve had so far, but we look a threat on both flanks and through the middle as well.


“I’m pleased with the way we’ve adapted tactically too. The players have showed good rotation, we’re quite fluid in attack. There’s obviously a long, long way to go. It’s only a good start and we hope to follow that up on Saturday.”

… THE WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS
“Bournemouth are a very good footballing side. They’ve been a little bit unlucky with some of the results they’ve had, they’ve played very well in a lot of the games. I think Eddie Howe’s done a really good job there. He’s instilled his own brand of football on how he wants his teams to play; they like to get the ball down and pass it.


“We’ve watched them in-depth so we know what they will be about but as we always say, it’s about us. Provided we continue in the manner we have been, particularly with the way we’ve been attacking – we look like we’ve got goals in us, so we’re eagerly looking forward to it.

… THE FORM OF EX-CHERRIES STRIKER LEWIS GRABBAN
“He’s had an excellent start to his Norwich career. He’s on four in four, you can’t ask for more than that really. He’s hit the ground running, which is great for a striker. He looks confident – even with the chance he missed at Ipswich, the dink over the ‘keeper, shows you his confidence. He’s been excellent for us, and not just with scoring goals but with what we’ve asked him to do in his position.”


… INJURIES
“We’re hoping that we’ll have the full complement, apart from the obvious injuries. One or two won’t train on Thursday, Friday will be the key day. Everybody will train then if they want to be considered for Saturday’s game. Martin Olsson misses out because of a family bereavement, so we send him our best wishes. Mark Bunn has had ankle surgery, a similar type of injury to Ryan Bennett, so will now be going through the same rehabilitation process.

“Gary Hooper and Jonny Howson are on their feet and doing light running and jogging. The light is there at the end of the tunnel, you’re talking hopefully a week, two weeks and then we’ll get them back out there training with us. It was a blow losing them both, virtually at the same time and with similar sort of time frames, but it’s good to see them back out there. That always give you a good indication that they’re not too far away.”


… THE TRANSFER WINDOW
“I’ll be glad when it slams shut, but hopefully we’ve added one or two before that and not lost any. As we speak there’s not a lot to report, obviously Conor McGrandles has joined us, we’re still trying to do business. Hopefully we’ll be breathing a sigh of relief on Monday night, pleased with the business we’d have done.”

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