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ADAMS 'PLEASED' AFTER OPENING VICTORY

12 July 2014

City boss reacts to win over Dereham Town

MANAGER Neil Adams says the Canaries are satisfied with a good day’s work after a 1-0 win over Dereham Town in their opening pre-season game of the summer.

It was literally a game of two halves, with Neil Adams making nine substitutions at half time and switching formations from a diamond to a flatter 4-4-2.

“The main thing was getting everyone 45 minutes, and I think we had some good performances,” said Adams afterwards.

“Fitness is the thing, but of course you want to win every game. We could have probably won it a lot more comfortably, but we created plenty of chances and dominated the ball. Overall I’m pleased.”

Of the performances on display for the 2,000-strong crowd at Aldiss Park, Josh Murphy and Kyle Lafferty impressed after coming on for the second half.

“We played two teams, and obviously it’s very different – going from a diamond formation and then to a flatter four where you’re obviously looking to get the wingers involved. Josh did just what he needs to do – get the ball out of his feet with the pace he’s got. He was excellent today.”

On Lafferty, he added: “Everyone saw how hard he works, that’s his game and he can score goals. I thought we should have used his height a little bit more, but it doesn’t matter what game it is, strikers want to score. I’m really pleased for him.

“One thing about Kyle Lafferty is he doesn’t stop. If he makes a mistake or loses it he gets up and says give it me again. I love at that attitude in players and he certainly put in a full shift in the 45 minutes he played today.”

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