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Neil Adams says he "will not hesitate" to use young players on Norwich City's relegation run-in if he feels they are ready.

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Neil Adams: 'Will bring a positive style of play'

Neil Adams: 'Will bring a positive style of play'

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Former youth-team coach Adams has five games to secure the club's Premier League status for next season following his shock promotion in the wake of Chris Hughton's sacking.

And the new man has not ruled out fast-tracking members of last season's FA Youth Cup-winning side as he prepares for a tough run of fixtures.

Saturday's trip to third-bottom Fulham - five points and one place behind Norwich - is followed by games against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

Adams said: "Obviously I have got a great knowledge of the young players.

"I have a good knowledge of them all and any player I feel will do us a job I won't hesitate to use them.

"We have got to go and pick a team to win a game at Fulham and, rightly so, I can understand people making a lot of reference to the Youth Cup team, because it was a fantastic achievement and one we were extremely proud of.

"If I feel any of those players are ready to come in and give us a hand then age is not a barrier. Equally, I know their strengths and weaknesses and what they are capable of, and of course that will come into my thinking when we sit down to pick a team."

Adams is already promising a fresh approach and is confident his methods will prove successful at senior level.

He said: "The qualities I will be looking to stamp down on are tactics, motivating players and getting them to play to instructions.

"The game is the same at whatever level and obviously now I'm managing at the top level, where the margins for error are smaller than the further down the ladder you go. But the principles are the same."

Norwich managed just 26 goals in 33 league games under Hughton this season, and captain Russell Martin anticipates a bold approach to improving those figures between now and the end of the season.

Martin said: "He will bring a freshness. A lot of the time when you have freshness it galvanises people.

"What he will bring is a real positive style of play, he has already said that we will go to Fulham looking to win the game. Although he hasn't got a long amount of time, it is enough to impress his ideas on us."

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