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27 November 2014

The boss on the Reading game, Mike Phelan and injuries

NEIL Adams hopes Norwich City can reward supporters’ patience when they come up against Reading on Saturday (3pm).

Victories have been difficult to come by for the Canaries in the last two months after a flying start to the season, and their manager believes the best way to answer critics is to do the business on the field.

“We want to get the fans happy, and that means winning games – it’s as simple as that,” Adams told Norwich City TV.

“They’ve stuck with us through thick and thin, I’m sure it will be the same again on Saturday and I’m hoping we can reward them with a win.

“If we’re at it and we’re strong and we’re solid, as we’ve seen in other games earlier in the season, then we feel comfortable that we can go and get the three points.”

Mike Phelan will stand alongside Adams on the touchline at Carrow Road for the first time since his appointment as first-team coach was confirmed last week.

The ex-City captain started work at Colney on Thursday and Adams noted his desire to get going.

“He said on Thursday morning when I picked him up from the hotel: “I can’t wait to get out there now,”” said Adams.

“You know that’s genuine – he’s a coach, he wants to be out there on the grass.

“He’s met all the staff. I think he’s going to bring plenty to the table, obviously with the experience he’s got and he’s an excellent coach. I think everybody in the building is looking forward to working with him.”

On the injury front, City’s boss revealed Alex Tettey didn’t take part in training early this week after suffering a knock to his knee in the 3-3 draw with Brighton, but he believes the Norwegian international still has a good chance of being available for Saturday.

“He got stamped on and his knee is a little bit swollen,” he explained.

“Everybody else is more or less ok – it was quite a physical game, Alex is the main concern but I think he’s responded well to treatment so far.”

Adams also outlined his plans to use Monday’s Under-21s Premier League Cup game at Fulham as an opportunity for Ryan Bennett’s return to action.

“He’s pencilled in on Monday for that game, so he won’t be available for us against Reading.

“Obviously he’s a player we want to get back involved with us as quickly as we can, but he’s had quite a long-term injury. If he comes through that ok, I don’t see any reason why he won’t be back with us for the following game.”

Reading, Saturday November 29, 3pm


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