Lappin taking nothing for granted

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:27 10 September 2010

Chris Lakey

Simon Lappin is refusing to rest on his laurels after producing arguably the best performance of his Norwich City career. The Scot was making just his 34th league start in two and a half years at Carrow Road, having refused to buckle when he was so far out of the first team picture he was training with the youth team.

Simon Lappin is refusing to rest on his laurels after producing arguably the best performance of his Norwich City career.

The Scot was making just his 34th league start in two and a half years at Carrow Road, having refused to buckle when he was so far out of the first team picture he was training with the youth team.

He was bombed out on loan to Motherwell early last year but the more that former boss Glen Roeder tried to get rid of him, just as he did the other guilty members of the infamous defeat at Plymouth early on in his managerial reign, the more Lappin dug his heels in.

Lappin was perhaps a surprise inclusion in Paul Lambert's starting XI for Saturday - with Wes Hoolahan axed - but he took his chance with both hands, as well as that trusty left foot which set up two of the five goals and came mightily close to getting his own name on a Norwich scoresheet for the first time in almost two years.

"He has a very good left foot," Lambert said. "I don't know how many games he's actually played since the start - but once you're in it it's up to you to stay in it."

The incentive is there, and Lappin says there will be no let-up in his desire to play for Norwich City.

"I was just absolutely delighted to get a start under the new manager," said the affable 26-year-old.

"Obviously he had an idea of what his team was in his mind and he's put it out on the pitch and to be fair the lads have gone out and done a fantastic job.

"There is no better feeling coming off the pitch, working as hard as we have today, with a great result behind us.

"I said all along I always wanted to be here and I had a chance to prove how much I want to be here and hopefully I have done enough.

"But I'm not going to rest on my laurels. I need to kick on, not just myself but us as a team. I can stand here and say all that but we have got to do our talking on the pitch and that's what we will do.

"I'm over the moon obviously, but that game is finished now. We have got a very tough game on Monday night and we are looking forward to that. We will enjoy tonight, but tomorrow morning we will be focused on the Sunderland game."

It's a game in which, despite his success against Wycombe, Lappin may play no part in, with Lambert needing to look at other players as he tries to find his own Norwich City team.

"We have got to be really serious now after the poor start," he said. "We have to put that right, but we have to do it on the park, we can't say we're going to do this or we're going to do that. We have to do it on the pitch and kick on from that great result today.

"You would like to think it is always in you and a new manager comes in and he has got his own ideas. He told us what was expected of us and we went out there and put on a fantastic performance."

Lappin was denied by Wycombe keeper Scott Shearer who dived full-length to keep out a couple of excellent free-kicks and then tipped a glorious chip attempt over the bar.

But the consolation was the goals he made - one for Grant Holt's opener and the other for the vital fourth, headed in by Jens Berthel Askou.

"They made great runs," he said. "When I get the ball wide it's up to me just to put the ball in an area and it is up to the strikers or the defenders at set-pieces to get on the end of it and today it worked great.

"Holty for the first one and Jens the second one.

"I just made eye contact with them and luckily it got us back to 4-2 in front because we lost a poor goal again at the start of the second half and I think that settled us down again and we kicked on from there."

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