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Relegation battle focus: Norwich City

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Norwich have lost their last two games under interim coach Neil Adams, but the side has undergone improvements.

Defender Steven Whittaker has praised Adams and wishes to see him in charge next year due to the rise in tempo that the team has experienced both in training and on the pitch.

It stands however, that they are just two points above the drop zone, dangling perilously. Norwich were unlucky not to get something out of the game against top of the table Liverpool, while they failed to take their chances at home to Fulham.

This Saturday presents a different task though, but you would think that given their remaining games, away at Manchester United seems their best chance to take some points, at least that's what the table would suggest.

Ryan Giggs though will be plotting for a perfect start to his managerial reign at Old Trafford, and has admitted he needs his side to play with 'passion and tempo' as he aims to bring at least some sort of European football to his side.

Adams has had a two week head-start on Giggs in the dugout and will need to use all of that if his side are to snatch something from the game.

The Canaries have had some good results this season, a 1-0 away win at Stoke, one of just two sides to win their in the league this season, and at home against Tottenham.

The real problem for them is that both of those wins were 1-0, they have struggled to score. Big summer acquisitions of Gary Hooper and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel were supposed to help fix this problem and although Hooper is their top scorer in the league, that comes with just seven goals.

It's not a bad return, but Van Wolfswinkel has struggled since a decent start in August. Chris Hughton kept the faith with him, but the Dutch striker couldn't repay him with the goals they desperately needed.

Robert Snodgrass has enjoyed another positive season and scored some crucial goals for the Canaries. He will have to keep scoring if they are to pick up any more points in their quest to survive.

The sides around them are sure to earn more points with games they will target. For Norwich though, they have no clear game to target. Last weekend's loss to Liverpool is followed after Old Trafford to Stamford Bridge and then Arsenal at Carrow Road on the last day of the season. Life is not easy at the moment.

It is hard to see Norwich staying in the Premier League at the moment, but they will probably need another win at least. Where that will come from is beyond me, Neil Adams has to keep focused and keep his players motivated if they are to survive, but they are showing signs of encouragement.

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