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DERBY 2-2 CITY: THE MANAGER'S REACTION

20 December 2014

Adams: Our best performance of the season

NEIL Adams was full of praise for his players after their 2-2 draw at high-flying Derby County – but now City’s boss wants to ensure that their recent upturn in form continues.

Steven Whittaker’s dramatic last-gasp equaliser meant the Canaries got their just rewards after a dominant period of play in the second half at the iPro Stadium.

The point followed up back-to-back victories over Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

“I think it’s as good as we’ve played this season all things considered,” Adams told Norwich City TV after the final whistle.

“The key thing for me now is that as good as we have been in the last three games, with seven points and a performance like that at a place like Derby, it’s about what is around the corner now.

“We’ve been here before – we’ve won games for fun at the start of the season and then we dropped points against some other teams.

“There’s still a long way to go, but the thing we know only too well – if we continue playing like we have done in these last few games, then we know what we’re capable of doing.”



Adams was pleased with how City took the game to the Rams, who have only lost once at home in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

“At 2-1 down I didn’t know what I was going to say to the players if we lost the game because of the manner of the performance and the application. We had a game plan and it went to absolute perfection,” he said.

“Looking at the whole game, I think we’ve outplayed a team and dominated a team that are going to be competing with us for promotion this season. They’re a team that’s highly regarded and can play, and they’ve put a lot of teams to the sword here.

“I thought decisions certainly went against us today, and a point was the very least we deserved. I felt we deserved to win it today.”

Whittaker netted from Nathan Redmond’s corner in the final minute of the game and his manager admits he’s got that potential in his game.

“I’m delighted for him because he’s got that capacity to get up and down the line and get into those positions. He nearly scored with his left foot, that would have been an absolute screamer,” he added.

“He does score goals in training. I know he’s a full back but he does fancy himself as a centre-forward I think! Credit to him, because you see too many full-backs sitting there and letting the strikers do it. The way he kept it down, full credit to him.”

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