Manager reacts to remarkable Canaries win over CardiffNEIL Adams says the Canaries’ sensational comeback victory over Cardiff City ‘sends out a big message’ as they target an immediate return to the Premier League.
His side were off colour in a first half where Joe Ralls and Aron Gunnarsson gave their hosts a 2-0 advantage, but a remarkable turnaround saw them find the net four times after the break to go level on points with Nottingham Forest at the top of the table.
“It was outstanding in the second half, the way they got going. They showed what they can do, but it was just the desire,” he told canaries.co.uk after the game.
“We were 2-0 down at half-time, but we still believed we could go and get something from the game, and we raised it in every department and in the end we deserved to win the game.
“To come back and win comfortably against one of the promotion contenders sends out a big message to everyone.”
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Adams admitted he had to offer some firm words to the players during the interval, but that he always believed they had the attributes to get back into the contest.
“There was a lot said at half time, and you can imagine how it was delivered, but sometimes you’ve got to do that and the players knew,” he added.
“We were nowhere near good enough for 45 minutes. It was easily our worst 45 minutes since I’ve taken over. We let them know that they’d let themselves down and let the supporters down.
“We read the riot act, but we believe in these players and we know what they can do. We knew once we started to play with the tempo and the desire that we’ve got, that’s what we’re capable of doing.
“It was great to be part of it, not great to be down there witnessing it all, but of course we’re absolutely delighted with three points.”
City’s boss highlighted the impact of Cameron Jerome, who came on for the second period and capped an impressive display with the fourth goal three minutes from time.
“He was outstanding. I thought Kyle Lafferty worked really hard as well, I’ve got to say, but my only concern was that he might have got sent off when the game was at 2-0 because he was already on a booking,” he said.
“Disappointed for him, he hasn’t been taken off because he wasn’t playing. He was probably one who was having a go, but Jerome was outstanding when he came on. He gave us that presence, linked well and ran well, and got a goal which he deserved.”
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