Norwich City v Fulham not a relegation decider, says Adams

Norwich City manager Neil Adams

Norwich City's new boss Neil Adams believes Premier League survival does not rest on Saturday's trip to Fulham.

The Canaries are five points and one place above Fulham, who occupy the final spot in the relegation zone.

"I don't think it is a decider. People will say 'he's got to say that'," Adams told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"It's a massive game and if we win it, we do ourselves no harm at all. But it isn't a must-win because there are four more games."

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Those four games after this weekend are a home fixture against league leaders Liverpool, trips to David Moyes's Manchester United and second-placed Chelsea, and finally the visit of Champions League-chasing Arsenal.

"We know what those other four are, they're against four of the best teams in Europe," said 48-year-old Adams.

"We're capable of beating teams. We won't turn up anywhere expecting to get beat."

Adams, a former midfielder who played more than 200 times for Norwich, was promoted from youth team manager following the sacking of Chris Hughton on Sunday.

A victory against Fulham in his first game in charge would take the Carrow Road side to 35 points and potentially 13th place, if results go their way.

But Craven Cottage has become a desperate place for Canaries supporters, with Norwich's last win there coming in 1986.

Norwich have conceded 16 goals in their last four visits to the West London side, including a final-day 6-0 thumping that saw them relegated to the Championship in 2005.

Adams was there that day, working as a summariser for BBC Radio Norfolk.

"What's happened has happened. The 6-0 was a horrible day. But it's history.

"Yes, things do tend to have trends. But we have different players and different staff. It's just the same ground against the same team.

"People will look at the stats but I won't let that affect me."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool33235590405074
2Chelsea33226565244172
3Man City31224584295570
4Arsenal33197756401664
5Everton32189552312163
6Tottenham33185104545059
7Man Utd331761056381857
8Southampton33139115044648
9Newcastle33144153851-1346
10Stoke331010133748-1140
11West Ham33107163744-737
12Hull33106173440-636
13Aston Villa3297163548-1334
14Crystal Palace32104182339-1634
15Swansea3389164549-433
16West Brom32614123748-1132
17Norwich3388172652-2632
18Fulham3383223374-4127
19Cardiff3368192964-3526
20Sunderland3167182953-2425
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