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PRESTON 2-0 CITY: THE MANAGER'S REACTION

3 January 2015

Boss disappointed with lack of creativity

NEIL Adams made no excuses for Norwich City’s performance as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Preston at Deepdale.

Paul Gallagher netted twice in the second half to settle an uninspiring cup tie in the hosts’ favour.

The Canaries rarely threatened the North End goal and Adams apologised to the 1,200-strong travelling support when speaking to the press after the final whistle.

“I can only apologise to the fans. They saw nothing and they have nothing to go back with positive. You always look for something to cling to,” he said.

“I’m bitterly disappointed that we didn’t look creative enough. I’m mostly frustrated because two games ago we were probably playing some of the best football from us this season, but in the last two games we’ve seen anything but.

“The game was a nothing game and we were waiting for us to take control of it, but it didn’t happen.

“The team we put out was a strong team and should be doing better. The cutting edge was lacking today, and we have to defend better as well as a team too.”

City return to action against Sky Bet Championship leaders Bournemouth next weekend and Adams is sure the players have it in them to get a positive result at the Goldsands Stadium.

“We’ve got a massive game on Saturday, they’re equally huge games now, where we have to reproduce the type of form that we showed against Millwall, Huddersfield, Derby and Wigan.

“The players in there want to win games. The opposition on Saturday are top of the table with all the momentum in the world, but we know we’ve got the ability to put it right.

“It’s difficult to say that now but we’ve seen it, and it has to be the case.”

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