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Adams: Red card changed game

Neil Adams admitted Martin Olsson's sending-off cost Norwich City dear against Wolverhampton Wanderers and revealed he remains in the market for new recruits.

Norwich, in their first game back in the Sky Bet Championship following relegation out of the Premier League, slipped to a 1-0 reverse at Molineux on Sunday.

Adams' men had held their own for long periods, but saw the game get away from them on the hour mark when Olsson picked up a second caution and was subsequently dismissed.

Within four minutes, Wolves had seen David Edwards rise highest in the box to glance home what proved to be the winner.

Adams was disappointed to see Norwich's hard work come to nothing, but feels there are positives for his side to take heading forward.

Asked if the red card changed the game, Adams told Sky Sports: "Hugely. They always do, don't they.

"I was disappointed with the first yellow. It obviously does affect the game and it came at a point where we were dominating, we were starting to control the second half. Going down to 10 men, then you've got to readjust and reshuffle.

"They got the goal but we still had a couple of chances near the end to go and get something. But of course when you lose a man, it's a big moment in the game.

"I thought we were starting to really impose ourselves on the game in the second half, which we needed to.

"Defensively we were very strong and had a good shape about us. Obviously we didn't pick up one cross and they scored from it, but there were a lot of positives to take from the game. But obviously you can't be pleased when you lose."

Next up for Norwich are back-to-back home games against Watford and Blackburn - contests which Adams admits positive results need to be taken from.

He added: "We have to. They are two good home games. We will have a vocal backing from the crowd, we just need to make sure we do what we need to do and get some points on the board and get off and running."

Adams may have fresh faces to introduce by then, with reinforcements being sought.

He is also hoping to have Netherlands international Leroy Fer at his disposal, with Norwich determined to keep the midfielder out of the clutches of a rival.

Adams said on his chances of keeping Fer at Carrow Road: "Hopefully. Hopefully he'll be fit as well.

"He's done a bit of training on his own, he's just started to join in with the group after his exploits in the World Cup. The sooner we get him back the better."

He added on speculation suggesting the likes of Anthony Pilkington are also attracting admiring glances from afar: "We hope to lose none of them.

"We need every member of the squad we've got and we need to add to it if we can. I'll be doing everything we can to keep the players that we need."