Rocket is sig­nal for four-goal fight­back

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Vit­tles

NOR­WICH boss Neil Adams served up a ver­bal rocket at half­time, then sat back and watched his Ca­naries soar to a re­mark­able come­back win.

It was a mis­er­able first half for Adams’ side, with Cardiff can­ter­ing into a two-goal lead, cour­tesy of strikes from Joe Ralls and Aron Gun­nars­son.

But they turned it around after the in­ter­val as Martin Ols­son pulled one back be­fore Wes Hoola­han lev­elled things up.

And Nor­wich were not done there as Michael Turner and then the im­pres­sive Cameron Jerome, against his for­mer club, capped a re­mark­able turn­around.

Nor­wich are now up to sec­ond and un­beaten in the Cham­pi­onship since their open­ing day de­feat by Wolves, and Adams wants to see yet more from his troops.

“I had to give them a rocket at half-time,” he said. “The first half was nowhere near good enough. But I thought in the sec­ond half we showed every­body what we are ca­pa­ble of.

“In fair­ness to the play­ers, they dug them­selves out of their own mess, and the tempo and en­ergy after the break was ex­cel­lent.

“We put it right [at half-time]. We went to a flat­ter mid­field four and played two up front.The play­ers started to get close and win the tack­les.

“Cameron Jerome was out­stand­ing against his for­mer club. He pro­vided a con­stant threat and his power and pace meant he was a great goal threat.

“Nathan Red­mond can de­stroy any team on his day, when he makes the right de­ci­sions.

“When he is pos­i­tive and con­fi­dent go­ing for­ward, he can beat full backs with ease.

“In a per­verse kind of way, to­day was good for us: to be twodown at a club like Cardiff and come back to win. If we can do it here, we can do it any­where.”

A Nor­wich vic­tory had looked un­likely at the in­ter­val.

Cardiff opened the scor­ing early on when Joe Ralls curled in an ef­fort from the left, be­fore Gun­nars­son dou­bled the lead when he slot­ted home from An­thony Pilk­ing­ton’s cut back.

Nor­wich’s first and only clear cut chance of the half came cour­tesy of a fe­ro­cious Kyle Laf­ferty strike, which was well saved by a sprawl­ing David Mar­shall.

After the break, though, it was a dif­fer­ent story as Nor­wich started with a con­certed spell of pres­sure, which cul­mi­nated in two goals in four min­utes.

Their first was a poacher’s ef­fort from Ols­son after a goal­mouth melee.

The sec­ond was rather more cul­tured as Nathan Red­mond broke away at pace and lifted the ball into the box.

Jerome forced a save from Mar­shall, only for Hoola­han to fire the ball past the men on the line to level the match.

Nor­wich added a third when Rus­sell Martin’s deft cross was turned in at the far post by Turner. The goal stood, de­spite an­i­mated protests of off­side from Blue­birds keeper Mar­shall.

Nor­wich’s dom­i­nance was con­firmed as Jerome rounded a stranded Mar­shall to slot into an empty net to make it 4-2.

“It was a real Jekyll and Hyde per­for­mance”, said Cardiff boss Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer. “The Cham­pi­onship is about con­sis­tency and we didn’t show that.

“For some rea­son in the sec­ond half, we just stopped play­ing. Fabio com­ing off can’t be the only rea­son.

“We didn’t get the sec­ond ball, the first ball, didn’t move our feet quick enough.

“You have to do the sim­ple things in foot­ball. It’s about try­ing to find a way of sal­vaging a point when you have such a bad sec­ond half.

“De­spite de­feat, I thought we de­fended bravely at times.

“Cameron Jerome made a huge dif­fer­ence for them in the sec­ond half.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

SAT­IS­FY­ING: Nor­wich’s Cameron Jerome scores their fourth goal against his old club

TOP MARKS: Michael Turner cel­e­brates with team­mates after scor­ing the Ca­naries’ third goal



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