Manager reacts to 1-1 draw with Rotherham UnitedNEIL Adams said he couldn’t find fault with his players’ efforts in their 1-1 draw with Rotherham United.
The Canaries were on the front foot throughout but had to settle for a draw at Carrow Road, yet their manager believes they did everything they could to secure all three points.
“I can’t criticise the players at all for their application. You can see they want to win. You can see the desire they showed to win,” he told Norwich City TV after the final whistle.
“We’re really pleased with so many things, but really frustrated and disappointed with the result.
“We’ve got to be careful that we don’t have a kneejerk reaction and think it isn’t good enough because we haven’t secured the points. We can’t throw points away at home though, we can’t keep doing that of course.
“Do we need a little bit of luck? I think so. Do we need those penalty decisions to go with us? Yes, but overall we’ve given it a hell of a go but we just haven’t got the result.”
Cameron Jerome equalised on 77 minutes after Rotherham scored with a Paul Green spot-kick a minute before half-time following John Ruddy’s collision with Matt Derbyshire in the box.
Even though Adams had no issue with that decision, he felt his team could have been awarded two penalties of their own.
“I thought Josh Murphy had an identical foul committed on him, almost on the same spot. That has to be a penalty. I thought Richard Brindley handled the ball in the box, I thought that was a penalty,” he said.
“It just hasn’t gone with us, that little bit of good fortune, but generally the performances are there, but of course we have to turn them into results and points.
“We all know we could have won three or four nil in both of the games, so you’re not doing an awful lot wrong, but ultimately no matter what I keep saying, we’ve got to turn that into results in the manner that we were doing a few weeks ago.”
City still sat top of the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Sunday’s meeting Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town, but Adams regrets that they weren’t able to open up a gap to their pursuers.
“The way I look at is that we’ve missed an opportunity to be four or five points clear at the top,” he added.
“We’re doing plenty of things right, but as I see it as many of the supporters no doubt will: we’ve dropped five points at home.
“I’m pleased with so many aspects of our game but I’m really frustrated and disappointed with the points we’ve let go.”
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