Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says ‘late fightback exposes Adams’ inexperience

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman
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Saturday’s capitulation at Nottingham Forest was perhaps the most frustrating defeat of the season and has left me with concerns over the management of the club.

Now I am not saying, like some on social media, that Neil Adams should be sacked but improvements need to be made.

At 1-0 up with five minutes to go, City should never have lost the game, especially not to a Forest team bereft of any confidence having not won in nine Championship matches.

For the first time, it exposed the inexperience of Adams.

Tactically he got it wrong. The equaliser was coming for a long time and the lack of early substitutions resulted in the collapse.

And when Adams did make a change, bringing on Kyle Lafferty and sticking him on the left, it was the wrong one.

Michail Antonio down Forest’s right was a constant threat and needed someone on that side to track him back, something Lafferty failed to do.

The result? Antonio strolling down the right wing before scoring the winner.

Steven Whittaker could have come on to sure things up. With five minutes to go 1-0 up away from home, it is all about game management, something which City clearly lacked.

For me another reason behind that is still a lack of a leader on the pitch.

I like Russell Martin as a player but as a captain, he needs to be more vocal, at times grabbing his teammates by the scruff of the neck in the way that Grant Holt used to.

The club decided in the week that Mark Robson should be relieved of his first-team coaching duties.

Although the reasons have not been revealed it seems as if Robson is taking the buck for the poor form.

It could pave the way for a more senior figure to come in to help the first team, something which the club would benefit from in my eyes.