Yes, we’re back roars Adams

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Alex Ful­ford

NEIL Adams says Nor­wich are ready to reignite their pro­mo­tion push after Steven Whit­taker’s last-gasp equaliser si­lenced the Rams.

The Ca­naries were on top for much of the match but de­fen­sive mishaps cost them, with Car­los Cuel­lar in par­tic­u­lar given a rough ride by goalscor­ers Johnny Rus­sell and Chris Martin.

Cameron Jerome had ini­tially lev­elled pro­ceed­ings up but it took a goal of real class from full­back Whit­taker to bag a share of the spoils.

The game was not with­out its flash­points, as an Alex Tettey strike was ruled out for off­side in the first half while there was a strong hand­ball shout in the build-up to Whit­taker’s goal.

But Adams, whose side have started De­cem­ber by bag­ging seven points from nine, said: “I don’t think we got what we de­served.

“It was an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and the game plan went to per­fec­tion.

“Ev­ery­one in the coun­try has seen us play well and they have prob­a­bly been won­der­ing why the re­sults have not been great in re­cent weeks.

“I have just said to the play­ers in there if you can come to a place like this, to a team that will be com­pet­ing with us for pro­mo­tion, out play them and be the bet­ter side, it just shows to ev­ery­one what we are ca­pa­ble of.

“There were three or four re­ally con­tentious de­ci­sions, ob­vi­ously one be­ing our dis­al­lowed goal. “Yes Cam (Jerome) is in a off­side po­si­tion but is he in the goal­keeper’s line of sight? I am not so sure, those type of de­ci­sions rarely get given so we feel a lit­tle bit hard done by.”

Jerome was ruled as in­ter­fer­ing with play when Tettey net­ted early on – be­fore a lively Bradley John­son ham­mered a long range shot nar­rowly over.

Then a sub­lime piece of skill on the stroke of half time nosed the Rams in front.

Martin brought a long ball down to earth exquisitely be­fore play­ing a slide-rule pass to Rus­sell, who took it in his stride and drove past John Ruddy.

Shortly after the break, the Rams failed to clear their lines and Jonny How­son found Jerome at the far post, and he made no mis­take from short range.

Mo­ments later, Cuel­lar hacked through Martin after the Derby hot­shot nipped the ball away from his feet. Martin dusted him­self down to smash home from the spot.

In the fi­nal third of the game, Jerome nearly di­verted John­son’s way­ward drive into a shot on tar­get, while the Rams backed off to al­low Whit­taker a crack at goal.

But Whit­taker played the hero, rat­tling in a su­perb vol­ley from a cor­ner in the 89th minute that sub­sti­tute Nathan Red­mond’s en­deav­our cre­ated and man-ofthe-match Martin could not be­grudge Nor­wich a point.

“We were a bit dis­ap­pointed with the man­ner of the goal from the set-piece and just how the game went to­wards the end,” said Martin.

“But fair play to them, I think they put us un­der a lot of pres­sure in the sec­ond half and if any­thing de­served that goal, as dif­fi­cult as it is for me to say that.

“It was a hand­ball but some­times you don’t get them, his hands were quite close to his body. There were sev­eral de­ci­sions that were up in the air for both sides.You win some, you lose some. We’ll re­view it but over­all it was a pretty solid per­for­mance.”

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