Paul Lambert will use the latest international break to reflect on an encouraging start to life with the big boys.

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Norwich City will aim to carry on the good work when Swansea head to Carrow Road on October 15 after serving further notice at Old Trafford they have every intention of flourishing this season during their top flight return.

Lambert’s side have already picked up wins away from home and at Carrow Road during the early weeks.

Battling defeats at Chelsea and now Man United demonstrated they can also compete with the best.

“It’s a relentless league,” he said. “The game on Monday night was a hard game for us as well.

“A lot of hard work there and to go again Saturday against one of the best teams going – it has been a big, big week for us, but the performances I can’t ask for any more. I think we have started the season really well for a team that has just come up. The performances are the main thing for me and they have been enough to pick up points. With every game that we have played we seem to be getting better.”

Lambert pinpointed City’s noisy travelling support at Old Trafford as a useful barometer of his men’s success so far this campaign.

The Canaries received full backing again for the duration of Saturday’s contest from another sell out away allocation.

Lambert hailed the atmosphere during last Monday’s 2-1 Carrow Road win against Sunderland as one of the best during his tenure at the club – and the Scot felt the full force of that support at the home of the champions.

“To come and play the way we did here, I think you always tell by the fans’ reaction. How they react to you,” he said.

“They were different class the Norwich crowd. I thought they were excellent and they could see the effort the lads put in.

“I can’t ask for any more – especially in that heat. It was blistering but they could see what we have done in coming here to a fabulous arena to play football.”

6 comments

  • anyone know if the injury probs might be eased by the swansea game? might we get a glimps of Ayala back on the field?

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, October 3, 2011

  • I agree Timbo. When I`ve seen Ward he`s looked a class act. Now so does R. Martin and Barnett looks very composed playing alongside him. When all the injured bods are back, PL`s going to be spoilt for choice. Thanks to RM`s adaptability, what looked like a crisis in the making didn`t happen. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • I have no inside info, but message was that Ayala is out for a while. Whitbread back first maybe and then Ward? It`s quite a thing when a club gets that sort of casualty rate in one department and still does ok. Good old Russell! Like Dubai Canary, wish we`d got a point out of it. Could easily have been all three. Finishing!! QPR`s hammering by Fulham showed the potential importance of goal difference, though. From ahead with a game in hand to behind without. So let`s avoid being hammered whatever happens. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 3, 2011

  • Ward is the 1 player I want to see back + fit, more than any other. Bill Shankly always said great sides are built from the back. Ward anchors the ship. I think we've missed him more than we know. Tackles like a brick wall + good distribution.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • I really dont like to say it but we all knew the Holty would struggle for pace in this league, he's been great for us in the last couple of years and he has his desurved prem goal but maybe we should think about loaning him out or possible sale in Jan. But far more than Holt i have not been impressed by C Martin since league 1 and i would have sold him in the last window.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • Losing 'nice' is one thing, but, what we need is to learn or win or draw ugly too. The result at Man Utd counts for absolutely nothing because we didn't take any points. I was quite disappointed as I thought it was points lost, rather than pride won.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 3, 2011

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