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24 December 2014

Adams: 'I'm really looking forward to it'

NEIL Adams has given his full support to the traditional Boxing Day football fixture programme.

City’s boss was speaking ahead of the visit of Millwall to Carrow Road, and says he’s looking forward to the game – particularly after the manner of his team’s performance at Derby.

“I enjoy it and I always have done. I know there are calls for a winter break, but the Boxing Day game has always been part of English football and I think it always should be,” he told Norwich City TV.

“I think everybody enjoys getting out to watch a game, particularly if you’re at home as we are, so I’m really looking forward to it.

“Everybody was saying ‘well how are they going to do at Derby?’ We stepped up to the plate and were better than them. You take a lot of confidence and a lot of positivity from that.”

City face a trip to Reading on Sunday just two days after Millwall, but Adams says that the considerable strength in depth in his squad means he’s not too concerned with the fast turnaround.

With the high impact from players coming off the bench in the last two matches, however, he did admit that making his team selection won’t be easy on Friday.

“It’s difficult. We have good players, really good players. You have to pick a team to suit the day and the occasion, and I will always do that,” he said.

“All of them in the squad deserve a place because they train well, they work well and they do jobs that are asked of them, but obviously only 11 can play.

“I think any successful team – you look back through the years – and you see that it is a squad game. You’re going to need them all, I will need them all.”

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (knee) and Javier Garrido (groin) are the only absentees for the visit of Ian Holloway’s side, who have frustrated Derby and Bournemouth on the road in recent weeks, despite only picking up one victory in their last eight matches.

“I tried to pick the brains of Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson after the game last weekend. I know Paul quite well, and they’ve said it will be a tough game. Millwall went to the iPro Stadium and made it very difficult for them, they tried to slow the game down,” he outlined.

“They’ve had a couple of games recently on TV which we’ve seen, so we’re well aware of what we’re up against.

“Ollie’s record in management speaks for itself, he knows how to get results at whatever stage of the season and no matter whether they’re going well or in times of adversity.

"They’ll be well organised and set up, and we’ll have to go about our business the right way.”

Millwall, Boxing Day, 3pm


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