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NEIL ADAMS: "IT WAS A PHENOMENAL EFFORT"

4 May 2014

City boss reacts after Chelsea draw

NEIL Adams praised the ‘phenomenal effort’ of his players after they held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The result keeps City’s hopes of staying in the Premier League alive, and the manager was full of plaudits for his hard-working team.

“Full credit to the players, we executed the game-plan virtually to perfection, the only thing I would have liked was a little bit more of an attacking threat as a team,” he said after the game.

“I felt we should have had a penalty, which had that have happened, who knows? We might have been walking away from Stamford Bridge with three points. I thought it was a phenomenal effort.”

He admitted, however, that they need some fortune over the next week, with their only realistic prospect of staying up riding on Sunderland losing against West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City, and then the Canaries beating Arsenal at Carrow Road on the last day of the campaign.

“We need a little bit of luck now, we’ll be keeping everything crossed and if it comes to Sunday and we need a result, then we’ll be ready for it,” he commented.

“If and when we go into that game needing to beat Arsenal, then you can be pretty sure there will be 27,000 fans there, like there was 3000 fans there today, that will make the place rock.

“I’ve said from day one that I’ve been here, the response that I’ve had from the players both on the training ground and in games has been absolutely first class. The intensity is there, the desire in there, we’ve got a good group of players.

“It’s been a really frustrating season, of course, and I feel, the players feel and the supporters feel that we should be in a better position.

“In terms of today, though, I think everybody has seen exactly what we’re capable of doing, and I think we definitely deserved something from today, which we got.”

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