“If we continue to play like we did today in the next nine games we’ll be completely fine,” he said. “Its one win [from the top]. It’s a one game swing. But we’ll look at this game on its own merits and the chances that we had, we had more than enough to win it.”
“With the group we have got and how we are playing just now there is no reason why we can’t put a real strong run-in between now and the end of the season. It’s going to make for a real exciting run-in.”
“He [Grabban] was fine after the derby. Then he came in the following day and he was struggling and said he couldn’t walk on it; then he came in the next day and it was even worse. So we got it scanned and unfortunately – for him and for us – it showed we need to get it looked at…
“It’s a wonderful strike again from Bradley Johnson,” Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk. “He did it during the week and he’s added another one today. And I think that’s now double figures for him in terms of goals and I’m delighted for him.”
“It means the world to me,” Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk. “I’m here to win games and do the best I possibly can for Norwich and my group of players.”
“That’s four clean sheets out of five and we’ve got goals in us going forwards. And we’re not conceding many at the back so it makes for a good combination.”
Whether they could again expect to be two goals to the good against a team of Wolves’ undoubted calibre is another matter; most City punters would settle for simply reversing the shoreline from the opening day of the season and the 1-0 defeat at Molineux.
“We worked last week before Birmingham on tightening us up at the back – to make sure we do keep clean sheets. And then I said all week that we will look to try and add that edge that we probably didn’t have at Birmingham. To have both was really pleasing.”
“Jerome hadn’t trained all week because he had a tight hamstring and I just didn’t think that the system we chose would have suited Gary Hooper – and Lewis Grabban has trained very well since we came in.”
“He was asked to play a role that he’s not usually accustomed to playing and I thought he worked his socks off for the group. I didnt think he did particularly poor – to be honest, he was the least of my concerns today.”
“This is only the start. I’ve only been in with the players three days in terms of full days training. And if I can get more of those first 60 minutes, then I’ll be really pleased…”
“The game has had a few twists and turns and obviously the sending off is a huge turning point. I was actually enjoying up in the stands up until that point, but obviously then everything changed.”
It’s one that carries all the hallmarks of a David McNally appointment, as opposed to one borne of a sense of loyalty and sentiment. In the mould of the Paul Lambert if you like, except this time permission was sought to speak with the target; unlike the shenanigans that led to the off-field battle with Colchester United.
“It goes without saying that I sincerely hope the team achieves success this season and I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters who have backed me during my tenure as manager.”
“Coming into the game we were feeling good and confident – obviously it was disappointing to lose the game away at Reading,” he added. “But we knew coming here it was going to be a tough game, but as I said they out-worked us and deserved to beat us.”
“I did think it was a soft penalty – whether Bradley had caught him or turned him, but the lad did appear to be facing his own goal when the penalty was given. But then we’ve gone and conceded a second and given ourselves a mountain to climb.”
“We’ve put together some really good results recently – the key now is to keep the momentum going.” Consistent performances are starting to flow off the back of consistent team selections as Adams stuck largely to an increasingly winning formula with Gary O’Neil adding that little extra nous at the heart of a beefy midfield.
“That was as good as we’ve played all season – and a point was the least we deserved,” added the Canary chief, delighted by the manner in which his side responded to Derby’s 43rd minute opener.
“Once the first goal went in then it seemed like every attack we were opening them up in the manner that we can – and the manner that we were at the start of the season.”
“We’re making it too easy for teams at times,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk. “It’s hugely frustrating and disappointing – and that’s the understatement of the year…