Lambert refusing to look over his shoulder
David Cuffley Manager Paul Lambert insists he will not take a backward glance as his Norwich City side bid to consolidate their place at the top of League One. The Canaries go to Millwall tomorrow (3pm) with a seven-point advantage over third-placed Charlton and well placed to claim one of the two automatic promotion places.
Manager Paul Lambert insists he will not take a backward glance as his Norwich City side bid to consolidate their place at the top of League One.
The Canaries go to Millwall tomorrow (3pm) with a seven-point advantage over third-placed Charlton and well placed to claim one of the two automatic promotion places.
City are unbeaten in 16 league games - 14 of them wins - and Lambert believes they must not be distracted by the chasing pack if they are to keep that run going.
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He said: “You just try to keep going forward. We have put ourselves in a position where we're up there at the moment. Leeds, Charlton, Huddersfield, Millwall - everybody's there but I don't see the point of looking over my shoulder.
“There are months to go and it will be a big, big effort from now.”
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He admitted it was not always possible to play flowing football but victory was the priority.
He said: “The standard the lads have set has been huge - and the level of performances and consistency level has been huge. Someone asked me the other day if I've ever seen a run like it or been involved in it and I'm not so sure.
“The level they have done it week in, week out, not just playing for a half, it's been nearly the whole game that we have played a really high level of football.
“I know human nature dictates you can't play like that all the time. If I thought you could play like that every single game you go into, I'd love to see it, I really would.
“You have to give respect to your opponents and they're never going to let you do what you want. Things on any given day can go against you and you need a bit of luck.
“Everybody will go into their work some days thinking 'I'm not the same as I was last week or the day before'. It's human nature.”
With top scorer Grant Holt completing a three-match ban and Adam Drury sidelined by a torn thigh muscle, City are likely to be unchanged from the 2-1 win over Hartlepool.