Lambert faces up to toughest week

Norwich City face the toughest week of their season to date, but Paul Lambert is refusing to treat MK Dons or Charlton any differently. Lambert's first three league games as City manager have pitted him against Wycombe, Hartlepool and Walsall - all in the bottom half of the table - while MK Dons are fifth and Charlton fighting it out with Leeds for top spot.

Norwich City face the toughest week of their season to date, but Paul Lambert is refusing to treat MK Dons or Charlton any differently.

Lambert's first three league games as City manager have pitted him against Wycombe, Hartlepool and Walsall - all in the bottom half of the table - while MK Dons are fifth and Charlton fighting it out with Leeds for top spot.

"There is no doubt that, no disrespect to other teams, they are bigger teams," he said. "In this league, I've been in it long enough to realise when you play your Walsalls and Wycombes and Brentfords it's tough - sometimes they're harder to play against than the bigger teams are.

"So I'm under no illusions how hard it is, but I treat every game as being as difficult as each other. I don't prioritise who's better because I think if you do that you're in danger of being complacent. Every game I go into I think it will be really tough. The league is really unpredictable. You earn the right to get out of it and whoever gets there will definitely earn the right to get out of it. They're a good side, MK Dons, that's for sure."

Lambert never came up against Dons boss Paul Ince as a player, but has crossed paths with him as a manager.

"I knew him obviously when I was at Wycombe," said Lambert. "Top lad he is, really top lad. I've had a few conversations with him on the phone - a really nice guy. He's done a brilliant job at MK Dons. He did well at Macclesfield and well at MK and got a massive opportunity at Blackburn - I don't know how many games Paul got there, but it wasn't enough. For somebody just going into the Premier League it simply wasn't enough games to get his stamp on it. He's found himself back at MK Dons and he's doing well there again."