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CITY v BOLTON: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

29 October 2014

Adams on Bolton, Odjidja, Lennon & more

NEIL Adams and his City squad are ‘eagerly’ anticipating Friday's visit of Bolton Wanderers (7.45pm) as they target their first win in a month.

The Canaries’ manager, speaking to Norwich City TV ahead of the game, says his players are determined to see a performance finally translate into a victory.

“The spirit is good. The players aren’t stupid – they know they’re playing well enough to win games, as we’ve said many, many times,” said Adams.


“They’re as desperate as we all are to turn those performances into winning games, as we feel they merit.

“We’re eagerly looking forward to Friday night, it’s another home game and it’s an opportunity to again produce a performance but take the three points.”

One player who will definitely miss the televised clash with the Trotters is Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

The Belgium international was taken off at half-time of last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and Adams was able to elaborate further on the knee injury he suffered.

“It’s not good news unfortunately. He’s had his scan and there’s medial ligament damage, and unfortunately he’s going to be out for a good few weeks,” he revealed.

“What we have to decide on now is whether he needs an operation or not. If he doesn’t have an operation it will obviously be sooner, but if he does it will be longer.


“He picked the injury up after five minutes of the game, and I think it says volumes for the lad himself that he carried on with an injury like that.

“We’re hoping it’s not going to require an operation, but he certainly won’t be with us for the next few weeks.”

Odjidja joins Wes Hoolahan, Ryan Bennett and Mark Bunn (all ankle) on the list of absentees for the match against a Bolton team who have picked up six points from nine since Neil Lennon took the manager’s job earlier this month.

“They’ve had a good response. They changed the system a little bit, Neil’s changed it up, similar to us,” added City’s boss.

“They won on Saturday and it will be interesting to see what they do on Friday night, whether they stick with it or go a little bit more cautious in the manner that teams have been doing when they’ve been to Carrow Road.

“He’s a very experienced manager. I think every job going Neil was linked with, just because what he’s achieved, certainly north of the border. His managerial record is excellent, he’s Bolton’s manager now and obviously we wish him well after Friday!”


Adams will have had more time to prepare his team come kick-off after a week free of a middle fixture or international recovery, and he hopes to take advantage.

“It’s different, we’re not used to it! The schedule is hectic, it’s the same for every team,” he admitted.

“When it’s Saturday-Tuesday it doesn’t give you an awful lot of time to do sometimes what you want to do in terms of match preparation because the games come thick and fast, then with recovery times you’re straight into the next one.

“We will have had four or five days to prepare, so it’s a little bit different to what we’ve been used to in recent times.”

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