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Norwich City boss Neil Adams: Boos were deserved

1 December 2014

Norwich City manager Neil Adams could understand the frustration of the fans as his side slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against Reading.

There was a chorus of boos at the final whistle, with the Carrow Road faithful making it clear exactly what they felt about the result.

The Canaries have now won just one game in 10 to slip into mid-table in the Championship and Adams said: "The supporters were perfectly within their rights to react the way they did. They were excellent during the game and really got behind the team, but at the end they let their feelings be known.

"I can understand the way they are feeling because once again we have shot ourselves in the foot today and it is not good enough.

"We have been undone by two set-plays. They have delivered the corner to the tallest player on the pitch and twice he has headed it in.

"Ironically we have been defending set-plays well this season - but that just wasn't good enough."

Adams knows he is under pressure after such a poor run.

Asked if he thought he would get the opportunity to turn things around, he said: "I hope so. The only focus going forward is that we need to start winning games quickly because it is a results-based industry.

"The quality of the players we have here hasn't changed, but the whole team is lacking in confidence at the moment and we need to turn that around."

The Canaries made a flying start, with the recalled Gary Hooper firing them ahead on 11 minutes after good work on the right from Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome. The effort was initially ruled out for offside, but referee David Webb changed his mind after consulting with his assistant.

Four minutes later Reading were back on level terms as young defender Jake Cooper nodded in an Oliver Norwood corner for his first senior goal.

And Cooper headed the winner from Jordan Obita's corner on the stroke of half-time.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins paid tribute to his side's unlikely match-winner.

He said: "Jake has had an excellent game for us. He has obviously scored the two goals, but he also did a great job at the other end.

"He has come through our academy and is making really good progress. He's a tall lad who is obviously good in the air, but he is also quick and can play a bit.

"He has also got a fantastic attitude and you'll often find him in our gym at quarter to eight working hard on his fitness.

"He is one of a number of academy lads who are doing the club proud at the moment - Michael Hector, who played alongside him is another. If you look at our team sheets this season a lot of young players have made it into the side. There is a clear path from the academy through to the first team and that can only be a good thing.

"It's an excellent result against a team that don't tend to lose many at home and it's a reward for a good, strong performance."

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