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20 September 2014

The manager reacts to 2-2 draw with Birmingham City

NEIL Adams highlighted the ‘character’ of his players after their 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at Carrow Road.

The Canaries faced a two-goal deficit at the break despite being largely on top in the first half, but a quick-fire brace from Cameron Jerome had the home crowd sensing another comeback victory.

They had to settle for a point at the final whistle but Adams was philosophical after the final whistle.

“We didn’t quite get the third goal, but you’ve got to look at the character of the players for them to come back. It is disappointing, but it is a point,” he said.

“There will be plenty of games in the division like this, so it might be a positive point in the end but we wanted to win the game.

“We were actually quite good in the first half, apart from a bit of bad luck with their first goal and slack marking at the second. You’re not going to rant and rave for the sake of it, there wasn’t a lot to other than that sloppiness on the second goal.

“We said ‘we’ve been here before, we know we’ve got goals but we’ve got to go and get one’. We did it, we got another one and you’re thinking that we’re going to win it, but it wasn’t quite to be today.”

Two emphatic finishes from Jerome have taken him to the top of City’s individual scoring charts with six in all competitions, and Adams says he’s delighted with the impact of his summer recruit.

“He’s been fantastic. The two goals again today – the first one looks a tap-in, but it’s not. It’s a really difficult finish, and he’s put it in the only place he can score the goal,” he outlined.

“With the second one, he’s clever enough to realise the pace he’s got to put on the header. They were two excellent goals and he’s in a rich vein of the form at the minute.”

On the players’ disappointment at the end, he added: “That just shows you what we want to achieve.

“We are disappointed to only draw, even though we were 2-0 down. We want to win games. There’s nothing wrong with that, the players did particularly well in the second half but I’m not displeased that they’re disappointed they’ve only drawn.”

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