Lambert aims to get one over former suitors
Norwich City take the best away record in the Championship into traditionally tough territory tomorrow when they take on a Burnley side now under new management.
The man the Clarets wanted to take charge in January must pit his wits against the man they eventually appointed as their teams meet at Turf Moor (3pm).
Four weeks after the Lancashire club made a very public bid to recruit Paul Lambert as manager, they entertain the second-placed Canaries with of one of the youngest bosses in the business, 33-year-old Eddie Howe, beginning to get his feet under the table. It will be Howe’s fifth game in charge after leaving Bournemouth and undoubtedly his biggest test since taking over.
City have been beaten just once in the past 15 league games – a run that started with Burnley’s 2-2 draw at Carrow Road in November – and have lost only twice in 14 league away games this season.
But if Howe is looking for a helping hand from history, the Canaries have won only once at Turf Moor in 18 visits in all competitions, that memorable 5-3 success coming seven years ago during their march to the Nationwide League title.
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Four visits since then have brought four defeats under four different managers, but City will be in a much better frame of mind tomorrow than on any of those occasions, not least after the dramatic 2-1 win over Millwall on Tuesday that kept them in the automatic promotion places.
Burnley look set to be without striker Martin Paterson, the man who caused City most problems when he scored both goals in the November fixture.
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Paterson, only just back in action after three months on the sidelines, suffered the recurrence of a thigh strain in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Doncaster and is unlikely to figure.
But striker Charlie Austin will make his home debut after his move from Swindon Town, while midfielder Marvin Bartley should be in the squad after following Howe from Bournemouth in a �350,000 deal.