Adams saw his side fall to their fifth defeat of the season on Saturday, with out-of-form Nottingham Forest scoring two goals in the last five minutes to seal their first victory in 10 games.
The loss leaves the Canaries six points off top spot, and although they remain ahead of Forest, the clubs at the top end of the league table are starting to pull away from the trailing pack.
Norwich have suffered this season in the wake of their relegation from the Premier League, and whilst the East Anglian side harboured hopes of an immediate return to the top flight, their squad does not seem suited to finding a path out of the division at the first attempt. Nathan Redmond has excelled, and Cameron Jerome is leading the clubs scoring charts with eight goals in 13 games, but squad-wise performances have been below par, leaving the Canaries well off the pace in the race for promotion.
However, head coach Neil Adams - appointed over the summer having spent a short spell in caretaker charge last season - has highlighted where he believes the playing squad is let down. Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the former youth coach outlined a lack of leaders, after his players threw away another result.
He said: “We need to have a look at whether we have enough leaders. But the spotlight shines on us, coaching staff, players, the lot.
“Because we can't produce performances like that and throw things away.”
Norwich conceded the winning goal in second-half injury time, losing possession from a corner to see Forest score on the counter-attack. Adams admitted that to see his side fall in such circumstances was a sickening feeling, and he urged his players to not ‘switch off or get caught’ in the future.
“It is okay producing good performances, it is the result that counts at the end,” he added.
“It does not matter how much you work on things, if people do not do their jobs, you will be undone. If you switch off or get caught, it can be cruel. This is how this feels.
“It was not good enough, it goes without saying. To be caught from our own corner kick, with a couple of minutes of stoppage time left, was a sickening feeling. We have thrown the game away in the last five minutes.”