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SHEFF WED v CITY: THE MANAGER'S PREVIEW

23 October 2014

Canaries' manager looks ahead to Hillsborough trip

NEIL Adams won’t be afraid to make changes again if necessary as he tries to rediscover the winning formula for Norwich City’s Sky Bet Championship meeting with Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (3pm).

The Canaries’ boss made three alterations to his team for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United, with Lewis Grabban and Bradley Johnson missing from the starting eleven for the first time in the league this season.

As they seek to end a winless run of four matches when they take on Stuart Gray’s Owls at Hillsborough, Adams is approaching this one with an open mind.

“I think it’s important that players realise, when you don’t win games, that there are no guarantees,” he told Norwich City TV.


“Nobody’s got a case to say ‘why leave me out?’ because the answer is there – the results. We need to win games and it’s similar for the game on Saturday now.

“I’ve got an option there to mix it up and change one or two things if needs be.”

City’s midweek result left them in fifth place in the league table but Adams believes that, based on the levels his team has shown over the last two months, they could have been at the summit.

“I think we could be at the top and three or four points clear. That’s based on performances,” he said.

“You look at it and ask ‘do we deserve to be where we are?’ and of course you get what you deserve, but I think the performances have merited more.

“Generally in terms of how we’re playing, there’s not an awful lot wrong.”


Wednesday’s season has followed a similar pattern to that of the Canaries: a fast start followed by a more barren run that sees them without a victory in five.

Gray’s side occupy 13th place in the division and Adams expects Saturday’s game to be an entertaining contest between two opponents both going for the three points.

“They’re not scoring too many goals but they’re not conceding too many either,” he added.

“There are two teams at the minute who are not really banging them in, which could be positive for us because they’ll want to change that.

“Both teams will be keen to get back to winning ways, but we’ll be keener.”

Adams offered his latest injury bulletin, confirming that Jos Hooiveld (knee) will be available to play but that he expects Wes Hoolahan (ankle) to be ruled out for ‘a number of weeks’.

“Jos is fine. He was available on Tuesday, he was in the squad. He’s back with us now and he’s available for selection,” he revealed.


“Wes went to see the specialist on Wednesday, and he’s going to be out for a number of weeks. It’s ankle ligament damage, as we first feared. It’s a shame, obviously you keep your fingers crossed but it’s going to be number of weeks before he’s back with us unfortunately.”

He also reported no further updates in relation to Cameron Jerome’s allegation of racist remark made during the Leeds match on Tuesday.

“There’s nothing as of yet. It’s as we were basically on the night. The players have made their statements, the referee made his written report and it’s been sent away now,” he said.

“All parties are waiting now to see what’s required and what happens, but in terms of updating, there literally is no difference. As and when it does, we’ll need to need to keep everybody fully informed.”

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