ADAMS LETS FLY TO LIFT NORWICH
Rocket is signal for four-goal fightback
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.”
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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