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ADAMS PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE IN BASTIA DRAW

25 July 2014

Manager satisfied after late Pilkington goal earns draw

NEIL Adams was pleased with the all-round display from his Norwich City team as they drew 1-1 with SC Bastia at the Stade Municipal in Sallanches on Friday.

Anthony Pilkington scored the equaliser five minutes from the end as a high-tempo friendly in the shadow of Mont Blanc ended all square.

“Overall I was pleased with the performance. I think we deserved to get something from the game, I would have been disappointed if we had lost it,” he said after the final whistle.

“We dominated the ball, I think we had a lot more possession than them.

“We looked strong and we looked solid, there was certainly a much better use of the ball in the second half and we gave them a problem.

“They’re a good team. Claude Makelele is their manager and they like to pass the ball, but I felt overall we were the better side.”

Jonny Howson limped off late in the first half, and Adams says the severity of the knee problem he picked up will be clearer on Saturday.

“He kicked through and he’s just tweaked his knee. He’s in there with an icebag on it, and he said it doesn’t feel too bad. It’s the sort of one where 24 hours is key, so we’ll see in the morning.

“Jonny Howson is a key player for us, so fingers crossed he’s ok.”

Adams also confirmed absentee Kyle Lafferty’s scan returned positive results before the match.

“It showed no tear on the muscle, just some bleeding which is best case scenario. He’s in a protective boot purely as a precaution. Best case scenario is three to four days for Kyle.”

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