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Onwards and upwards is the mantra from Paul Lambert after the Canaries edged ever closer to Premier League safety.

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Lambert is well aware City have all but guaranteed another stint of top flight football next season after moving within one point of the widely recognised 40-point survival mark. The Norwich chief, however, insists there can be no easing off over what promises to be a more relaxed run-in.

“I don’t feel comfortable until it is mathematically safe, but even if you are safe you don’t want to down tools,” he said. “You want to keep driving on and finish as high up as we can. We’ll not ease off. I’m proud as anything of the team. Now we nearly have 40 points in the Premier League, it’s an incredible thing. The main thing is to stay up but I’ll keep on focusing on what’s going to happen in the remaining games. It might not take 40, it might do, but I’m not sure. This is the first time for everybody at the football club we are in this position.”

Lambert opted for his now customary rotation in personnel with five changes from the previous weekend’s Premier League defeat at Newcastle. The Norwich chief also unveiled a new look formation with Russell Martin and Zak Whitbread flanking Elliott Ward in a defensive three and a midfield harnessing the attacking talents of both Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan.

“I trust them to go and do it,” said Lambert. “Those two are totally different footballers, but some of the football was excellent. I think any system we play, the personnel that plays I know I’m going to get everything from them and it’s a great thing to be able to trust footballers and it’s testament to the boys what they’ve done.”

8 comments

  • Many sides seem to suffer at the start of a season following a slump at the end of the previous one. I can see some 'funny' results still happening, with Villa slipping towards the relegation zone, and Liverpool finishing amongst the 'pack'.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • On a slightly different note, Oddschecker has Glen Rhoder at 33-1 to be the next Wolves manager

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    mellow yellow

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • I would have thought that the cash prize based on the final league position would have been enough incentive to keep the team going.

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    sad canary

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • Let's hope so Swiss. It is important to take some momentum into next year.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • A number of 'out of contract in the summer' players amongst the squad will presumably be playing for their futures, in the hope of a contract extension. Hopefully there will be no letting up - another couple of wins could see us overhaul Liverpool and moving up to seventh. I know PL will never admit it, but secretly he will have a position in his mind and it won't be below eighth I am sure !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • I certainly don't expect any easing off - though our exits from both cup competitions this year demonstrate that Norwich are quite capable of easing off if allowed to, but it would surprise me if St Paul The Inscrutable would allow it.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • Likewise.....if we want to persuade the likes of Jordon Rhodes, or Leeds's Snodgrass to come to Norwich, rather than Villa next season, we have to look like a team on the up.....not just a one season fluke!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, March 26, 2012

  • I think the Sir Paul took a course in expectation management at some time over the past few years.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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