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CITY 1-2 READING: THE MANAGER'S REACTION

29 November 2014

Adams reflects on defeat and recent form

NORWICH City’s recent form is a ‘huge concern’ says boss Neil Adams.

Adams was speaking after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Reading at Carrow Road, a result that left his side in 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship – less than a month after they went joint top with the win over Bolton Wanderers.

Since then the Canaries have picked up one point from a possible 12 and their manager wasn’t prepared to gloss over the current situation.

“We’re in a bad place at the minute,” he admitted when addressing Norwich City TV.

“Talk is cheap, as they say. We’ve actually got to go out there and do it. We’ve got a group of players in there that are committed and are good enough to be winning games like this.

“We have to take responsibility as a group. We’re not winning games and obviously we find ourselves under a lot of pressure at the minute.

“There’s disappointment and there’s frustration, but we’re saying these words too often.”


Adams was left to rue open defending at set-pieces that allowed Royals’ centre-half Jake Cooper to score two headers and turn the game in his team’s favour after Gary Hooper’s opener.

“We took the lead, but we’ve had it taken away from us again with two set plays and two errors that have cost us,” said Adams.

“We’ve looked back at them (the goals), and we’re making it too easy for teams. If that happens you will concede goals and it will cost you.

“We didn’t do enough at the other end of the pitch to account for that in the manner that we did against Brighton. It’s hugely frustrating and disappointing, and that’s the understatement of the year.”

A section of City’s fans audibly vented their frustration at the final whistle – but Adams praised them after the game for their support throughout the 90 minutes, and says he understands their remonstrations.

“They’re right to complain, because it wasn’t good enough,” he added.

“I’d like to thank them, because I was hearing them chanting and getting behind us all through the game, which was fantastic.”

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