Adams: Don't write us off

Neil Adams insists his first match as Norwich manager at Fulham will not on its own determine the Canaries' survival hopes.

Last Updated: 11/04/14 at 13:19 Post Comment

Neil Adams: Sights set on survival

Neil Adams: Sights set on survival

Neil Adams insists his first match as Norwich manager at Fulham on Saturday will not on its own determine whether the Canaries retain their Premier League status.

Adams replaced the sacked Chris Hughton on Sunday after the loss to West Brom which leaves Norwich five points clear of the relegation zone, and Fulham, ahead of Saturday's trip to Craven Cottage.

Matches with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal follow for the Canaries and many predict the losers of the Fulham-Norwich clash will be consigned to the drop.

Adams said: "I keep hearing the must-win, the one-game season. It's a five-game season. We're capable of beating anybody."

Adams, who last season led Norwich to victory in the FA Youth Cup, could invoke a seige mentality.

"If people want to write us off, great," he said.

"We'll be confident we'll win games. If people want to give us no chance, fine.

"We're used to that. We're down at the bottom end of the table with six, seven, eight other clubs who have been written off on a weekly basis.

"(But) at Carrow Road against the big teams we've won games.

"For these next four weeks, five games, we've got to leave no stone unturned and come what may, whatever happens, one thing we would've done was given it everything.

"We've got to stay in this division this year. That's the one and only goal."

Adams finds himself in a similar position to the one he experienced as a Norwich player 19 years ago, only hoping for a different result.

Gary Megson replaced John Deehan with five games to go in the 1994/95 season, but the Canaries were relegated at Leeds in their penultimate game of the campaign and picked up their only point in the final game.

Adams insists that at no point has he seen dejected players at the training ground.

He said: "It could be quite easily a lost-cause mentality. I haven't seen that, at all.

"There's no negativity, nobody giving up. That's a big positive. From the response and reaction I've had, I couldn't ask for more."

Adams described this week as a "whirlwind".

He spoke with Hughton, Paul Trollope and Colin Calderwood, who left with the former manager, out of courtesy to acknowledge their departures.

Adams has also had individual chats with the players and has a team in mind for the trip to west London.

He agrees with the rallying cry of Robert Snodgrass, although not necessarily the language.

Adams added: "Heroes is a bit sensationalist - there are people out there in the world who are real heroes - but it's that mentality that we need now.

"We're in trouble. If not heroes, we're going to need people that are ready to give everything."

Norwich have just two away wins all season and are bidding to end a six-match losing streak on the road with a first win over Fulham since March 1986.

Adams added: "It (the record versus Fulham) isn't going to have a significant bearing on what happens on Saturday.

"We've got to stop losing. Winning becomes a habit, so does losing. You've got to break that.

"(Fulham are) a team who were probably lacking a lot of confidence after the Everton game but had a great result last week.

"They've probably been galvanised by last week's result. We just have to make sure whatever impetus they've taken from that game last week we can match it and better it.

"I'll be confident when we kick off the players will be ready."


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