Pre-match thoughts and squad news from the managerNEIL Adams is looking for the Canaries to turn a Carrow Road performance into the three points when they welcome Rotherham United on Saturday (3pm).
City host Steve Evans’ Millers in their final Sky Bet Championship game prior to the two-week break for internationals.
After Charlton’s smash-and-grab victory on Tuesday night, Adams’ team are now winless in three league matches on home turf – but he thinks they will get their rewards if they maintain their current levels of quality.
“I’m not saying it’s poor form, it’s surprising form. We’re top of the table, but it’s points dropped and I will always look at it as points dropped,” he told Norwich City TV.
“I don’t think you criticise for criticism’s sake. Had we won the game on Tuesday we’d still have been saying the same things now.
“We’re still top of the table and the performances have been very good in parts. It’s about us, it’s about us getting the points and Saturday gives us a good chance to do that.”
Wolves’ defeat to Huddersfield Town on Wednesday ensured City remain top of the table after the tenth round of fixtures, and Adams agreed that it will be a boost to stay there heading into the fortnight gap.
“That’s where we want to be. I was looking at the Wolves game and hoping that they wouldn’t get the points, and Huddersfield did us a bit of a favour,” he said.
“It’s nice to be going into the game top of the table. Hopefully at the end of the game we’ll still be there.”
Rotherham arrived in the Championship this season on the back of successive promotions and sit 17th in the division after their 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.
“They had a really good win in the last game and they’ll be at it,” Adams admitted.
“I’ve watched two or three of their games now, the last one when they played at Ipswich, and Ipswich scored a couple of early goals but Rotherham were probably the best team in that game.
“We’re at home, we’ll go for it again and I’m pretty sure Rotherham will come and try to keep us quiet in the manner that other teams have done.”
When asked for an update on injuries, Adams confirmed that Kyle Lafferty is likely to return to the squad after illness while he also revealed Nathan Redmond made a hamstring complaint in the week but that it’s unlikely to impact of his chances of featuring.
“The physios are pretty confident that he’ll be ok. It’s just a bit of tightness in his hamstring,” he added.
Rotherham United - Carrow Road - Saturday October 4, 3pm