Neil Adams reacts to a battling victory for City at Wigan.NEXT UP AT CARROW ROAD
Huddersfield - Saturday December 13, 3pm
NEIL Adams praised the professionalism of his players after their 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
The Canaries produced a resolute display after Jonny Howson had fired them into a fifth-minute lead at the DW Stadium.
Adams spoke to Norwich City TV after a result that lifted his team to eighth place in the Sky Bet Championship table.
"We said we wanted to win the game here and I think we needed to win the game here. I'm really pleased with the performance, I've got to say," he said.
"It wasn't a classic. It's not one that you're going to want to sit down and watch half an hour of highlights of, but in terms of what we set out to achieve it was good.
"It was a really professional performance from the players. We got the tactics right, we got the team right and obviously the points are the important thing."
Adams added that the performance level compared to recent weeks wasn't dramatically different, but that a more solid defensive performance was the key to getting over the line.
"We changed one or two things, but I said to the players that this performance hasn't been too dissimilar to other performances where we haven't won the game," he commented.
"Everyone, rightly so, is affected or opinionated by the results. Was today's performance any better than the one last week? Or the one against Brighton? Probably not.
"We took our chance and we cut out the individual errors that have cost us points. We've got to make sure we do that more consistently, because the performances in general have been of a good enough standard to get more than we got.
"It's one game and we need to back it up. We need to kick on, as we know we can."
On John Ruddy's performance and clean sheet, he added: "I've told him that I know what a good 'keeper he is. By his own admission he's not been at his best in recent weeks amongst many other players.
"I said 'go and get me a clean sheet on Saturday' and that's what he's done. I'm really pleased for him today, and for the back four and the team as a whole for the way they applied themselves."