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DERBY v CITY: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

18 December 2014

City boss: Our squad is competitive

NEIL Adams is welcoming any selection dilemmas for this Saturday’s game at Derby County (12.15pm).

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (knee) is set to be the Canaries’ only injury absentee for the trip to the iPro Stadium, with Mark Bunn, Ryan Bennett and Javier Garrido all making their returns to action for the Under-21s versus Liverpool on Wednesday.

Against Huddersfield, Adams’ three substitutes – Nathan Redmond, Wes Hoolahan and Lewis Grabban – all had a direct impact on the match and will come into contention for a start at the weekend.

“I think all three of them did exceptionally well,” Adams told Norwich City TV.


“Nathan in particular from half-time, we wanted to give him the full 45 to get established in the game and he started with almost his first kick. It’s the same with Wes – it was great to see him back after such a long lay-off, and he looked the Wes of old.

“With Lewis, I was delighted for him. He works hard on the pitch and on the training ground, and with his first touch smashes it in the back of the net.

“It’s a good, competitive group we’ve got now. Off the back of two wins, it’s good to have the players available if they’re needed.”

The positive wave from last Saturday’s thumping of the Terriers shouldn’t be underestimated, according to City’s boss.

“It’s obviously great to get those type of results and it gives everyone a huge boost, myself included,” he said.
 


“It was a very good performance in the second half, and off the back of the Wigan victory, it sends us into the game with loads of confidence and our tails up in the air.

“You can remain positive but results are everything. You’d take a bad performance and a win, of course you would, but obviously the manner of last week’s game when we played exceptionally well and scored goals for fun to win the game - that gives you a double lift.”

Derby’s run in the Capital One Cup came to an end at the quarter-final stage in midweek as Steve McClaren’s men were defeated 3-1 by Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Adams was at the game and knows all about the Rams’ threats, led by Norwich City Academy graduate Chris Martin, who has scored 12 Sky Bet Championship goals this season.

“I went and watched them against Chelsea in midweek, and you can see why they’re up there at the top end of the table,” he added.


“They’ve got good players but they’ve had a couple of defeats, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to that.

"They’re a good side, we’re well aware of that, but we’re a good side as well and I’m sure they’ll be giving us the respect that we’ll certainly give them, and we’re confident going into the game.

“We’ll go there to win, as we always will, and if we can get a result there then we’re right back in the thick of things.”

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