Boss approaching Huddersfield visit with an open mind

NORWICH City’s tactical approach to games will remain flexible according to manager Neil Adams.

A narrow midfield four was employed to support the Canaries' front two at Wigan last weekend, with a hard-earned 1-0 victory at the DW Stadium built on those solid foundations.

Heading into this Saturday’s visit of Huddersfield Town, Adams says they will consider every outlook because they eye each Sky Bet Championship fixture on its own merits.

“I think you have to look at it all the time. It was a good performance (at Wigan), but when you’re at home sometimes the onus is on you to come and attack teams. As we’ve found, teams have generally tended to sit back,” he told Norwich City TV ahead of the game.

“We’ll certainly have a look at it – as I’ve said all along, we’re certainly not afraid to change tactics or the team. You pick a team that you think will do a job and win a game for you.

“Looking back, we’ve felt the team selections have been right and the tactics have been right, what have let us down are mistakes that have cost us goals and points. That’s what was pleasing last week, to keep a clean sheet and get the three points.”

Adams is hopeful that the uplift after the Latics victory will ensure it doesn’t stand alone on the fixture list as they look to improve form at Carrow Road, starting on Saturday.

“It is about maintaining that of course. We need to put points on the board, as we’ve said all along,” he said.

“It’s another good chance for us now, a home game, to go and follow that up because what we don’t want to do is waste that win at Wigan. It will be fantastic for us if we carry on in that same manner.

“We do need to get back to Carrow Road being a noisy place and for us to be winning games there, and I’m sure one goes with the other. If we’re winning games, it’s noisy.”

Wes Hoolahan and Ryan Bennett (both ankle) each have a chance of being named in the squad of 18 on matchday, although Adams revealed Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe still hasn’t fully recovered from the knee problem picked up in the 0-0 draw at Sheffield Wednesday in October.

“He’s still got a little bit of a niggle with his knee,” he confirmed.

“I’m generally hoping everyone will be available from last week and also if they go well enough over the next couple of days, Wes and Ryan.

“Huddersfield have got one or two threats as we’re well aware of, but we’re confident, particularly after Saturday’s performance. We’re really keen to back this up and to go into the Derby game and the festive period with points under our belts.”

Huddersfield Town, Saturday December 13, 3pm


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