Lambert spoilt for choice as City look to continue home run
David Cuffley Manager Paul Lambert could be spoilt for choice in midfield as Norwich City bid to chalk up a sixth successive home win tomorrow. The Canaries take on Oldham Athletic at Carrow Road (3pm) aiming to maintain the impressive home run that has helped push them into third place in League One.
Manager Paul Lambert could be spoilt for choice in midfield as Norwich City bid to chalk up a sixth successive home win tomorrow.
The Canaries take on Oldham Athletic at Carrow Road (3pm) aiming to maintain the impressive home run that has helped push them into third place in League One.
The last time City won six home matches in a row was in the Championship in spring 2006, during Nigel Worthington's last full season in charge.
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Now they hope to add Oldham to their list of victims after sending Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers, Swindon, Tranmere and Brighton away empty-handed since the last week of September.
Good news for Lambert is that Darel Russell was back in training yesterday and will be fit to return, if selected, after missing the 3-0 win at Southend with a dead leg.
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Full-back Adam Drury, taken off at half-time at Roots Hall with an ankle injury, was to be assessed after training today.
“We will wait to see how Adam is,” said Lambert. “He's going to try it today. It's looking a bit more positive than it was earlier.”
If Drury is ruled out, Simon Lappin, who deputised at left-back in Tuesday's second half, could continue in defence, but it still leaves Lambert with numerous options in midfield, with or without Russell.
Stephen Hughes started a first team match for the first time in six weeks at Southend, replacing Russell at the base of the midfield diamond.
Tom Adeyemi, 18, filled Lappin's left-sided role for 45 minutes at Roots Hall, while loan signing Anthony McNamee will be eager for his first appearance after sitting on the bench against the Shrimpers.
In addition, Matthew Gill is back in training after suffering a calf injury at Stockport five weeks ago, but is not ready for a senior recall.
“Matt trained yesterday so that's a bit of good news for us,” said Lambert. “He's been out since Stockport so he's only really joined in with us the last couple of days. He's not ready but it's good to have him back training with the group.”
McNamee has impressed at Colney but may still have to wait for his chance.
“He's got to earn the right to get into my team,” said Lambert. “He's looked very bright in training and has been putting some terrific crosses in. He will add to our game and it gives us another option. We need everybody contributing.”
City are still without defenders Michael Spillane (hamstring injury) and George Francomb (thigh), midfielder Owain Tudur Jones (groin) and goalkeeper Declan Rudd (knee).