SATURDAY’s trip to Nottingham Forest can’t come soon enough for his Norwich City team, according to manager Neil Adams.
The Canaries visit the City Ground with both sides looking to get their promotion tilts back on track ahead of the two-week international break (3pm).
When speaking to Norwich City TV before the game, Adams admitted that his players are eager to get Tuesday’s 4-0 defeat to Middlesbrough out of their system.
“We all are. As we said on the night, it’s the first time this season where we can say that we didn’t deserve anything,” he said.
“On Tuesday there we no excuses. We’re really keen for everybody to get back out there now and get out on that pitch on Saturday.
“We’re playing a team who lost in midweek, who obviously will be a bit down in the doldrums, and there’s an opportunity for us to go and get back on the right track, particularly after the disappointing performance and result at Middlesbrough.”
Adams has shown no hesitation in altering his team if he's deemed it necessary in the past, and he confirmed that everyone comes back into contention for a place in the squad after a heavy defeat.
“Of course they do and that’s how it has to be. If you’re playing well in the team then there’s a fair chance that you’ve earned the right to keep your shirt,” he added.
“If we’re not performing individually and as a team – and I don’t think there were many that came out of Tuesday night that could say did their shift – it gives an opportunity to have a look and mix things up.
“It’s another tough game, but it will be as tough for us as what we make it.”
Nottingham Forest were fighting with City at the top of the division early in the season but have plummeted to 11th place after a winless sequence of nine games.
That included Wednesday’s 3-1 home defeat to Brentford, and Adams confessed his ‘surprise’ at the downturn for Stuart Pearce’s men.
“You’d rather go and play them when they’re struggling a bit themselves rather than flying, but as I’ve said it’s about how we perform that will more than likely decide the result,” he said.
“I am surprised because they looked strong. They were at the top of the table for a bit, and obviously they’re finding results difficult to come by.
“Obviously they’ll be doing everything they can to get back on track, similar to ourselves. We need a reaction, we need a performance now after Tuesday night and that’s the main thing for us on Saturday.”
On the injury front, Adams revealed that Kyle Lafferty’s withdrawal against ‘Boro came after a hip complaint and that the Northern Ireland international will be assessed ahead of the weekend.
“There was a bit of a problem from his hip flexor. There are a few cuts and bruises with everyone else but nothing that should keep anybody out.”