Norwich boss proud of 'top class' players despite Charlton loss

Neil Adams - Norwich Manager

Neil Adams was pleased with his sides display at home to Charlton, despite losing 1-0.

The Canaries dominated the game at Carrow Road, and were unfortunate to leave with no points after a deflected Johnnie Jackson strike won the game for Charlton in the last 10 minutes.

Despite the loss, Norwich remain atop the Championship table, with results elsewhere leaving three clubs on 20 points, with Adams’s men leading the charge on goal difference.

Having netted 20 goals in the nine games prior to Tuesday’s fixture, many were calling for a strong Norwich victory, but, despite dominating the game, they failed to find the back of the net and were left to rue a number of missed chances as the final whistle blew.

However, Adams was still proud of the performance, and was unwilling to criticise his squad after the ‘smash-and-grab’ victory that Charlton boss Bob Peeters masterminded.

Quoted on Sky Sports, Adams said: "I can't criticise the lads after that.

"I would have been unhappy with a draw, so to have lost the game, well I am bitterly disappointed. The only thing we did wrong was not putting the ball in the back of the net, which we have been doing recently.

"We dominated the game, created chances, got the ball behind them and got good crosses in. We also had a goal disallowed and a penalty appeal turned down. Someone said afterwards it was a smash and grab, and it certainly was that.

"The players were top class. They went about their business in the right away and they can hold their heads high after that. It was hard for us to take but we've just got to move on.”

Norwich were denied a penalty when the ball struck Andre Bikey’s arm, and the coach feels that if it had been allowed, and the strike converted, then nothing would have prevented the Canaries from further adding to their season goal tally.

He added: "The ball was going in and their player's arm, which was outstretched, blocked it. To me it was a clear penalty. We just needed a break because if we had got one goal I am sure we would have won the game."

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