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READING 2-1 CITY: THE MANAGER'S REACTION

28 December 2014

Adams: We weren't good enough

NEIL Adams was left frustrated after the Canaries’ good run of form came grinding to a halt with defeat at Reading on Sunday.

City went down 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium thanks to goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Simon Cox to suffer their first defeat in five matches.

Adams plainly admitted after the final whistle that his team didn’t reach the levels that they had set for themselves after victories over Wigan, Huddersfield and Millwall.

“We weren’t good enough today, it’s as simple as that and we’ll make no bones about that. We huffed and puffed in the second half,” he told Norwich City TV.

“The team and the formation that we played in previous away games has done the job. It didn’t today, so the team and ourselves take collective responsibility for that.

“I know what the players are capable of and the endeavour they have, but the quality’s got to be better than it was today. That’s what let us down – getting to the ball, keeping the ball and opening them up, creating chances.”
 


Adams was particularly disappointed with the lack of threat from his team after Bradley Johnson had given them hope with a thunderbolt 20 minutes from time.

“Normally you could sense that a goal is coming but I didn’t genuinely feel that today, and that’s the most disappointing thing of all, we have to be better than that,” he said.

“You’re normally hoping for five or six minutes added time, we got that – but was the goal coming? You couldn’t really see it barring a mistake or a lucky break.

“We have to win games in the manner we were doing. The gap is opening up there and we have to keep in touch with that. There’s a long way to go, but certainly performances like the previous three or four are what are required, not ones like the one today.”

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