Lappin looking onwards and upwards

Paddy Davitt Norwich midfielder Simon Lappin believes clinching promotion this season would cap his Canaries rehabilitation. Lappin has gone from an outcast under Glenn Roeder to ever-present under Paul Lambert in Norwich's re-modelled diamond midfield formation.

Paddy Davitt

Norwich midfielder Simon Lappin believes clinching promotion this season would cap his Canaries rehabilitation.

Lappin has gone from an outcast under Glenn Roeder to ever-present under Paul Lambert in Norwich's re-modelled diamond midfield formation.

The Scot pledged his future to the club by signing a new two year deal following relegation last summer and Lappin is confident City can look forward to higher level football if they maintain their current upward curve.


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“It shows you how quickly things can change,” he said. “It changed for me about three years ago in my career in one direction and then it turned again for me but I just kept my head down, worked hard, and that is all in the past for me.

“I was glad I got my head down at the time because I said all along I wanted to be here. I kept working hard when I was out of the team and its borne fruit. Now I have got an opportunity I'm back in the side and enjoying every minute of it.

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“Long may it continue. It's great to be part of it. We're winning games and scoring goals and playing attractive football. The boys' confidence is through the roof and we just need to keep doing the same things. We're all in it together and we have a great group here so hopefully we can do something this season.”

Lappin could be re-deployed in a depleted back line for Millwall's Boxing Day visit with Gary Doherty (suspended) and Jens Berthel Askou (foot) absent for the Lions' visit.

“I don't know if I will be involved in that, you'd have to ask the manager,” said Lappin. “He's got one or two issues with the Doc suspended. He has been excellent chipping in with some goals of late as well but Michael Nelson has come in and done well so I'm sure the manager knows what he is going to do on Saturday.

“Millwall will be another hard one. They're all hard in this league - no matter who you play. They got a good result at the weekend going to Charlton and getting a draw so they'll be confident coming here but the onus is on us to take the game to them and that is something we will be looking to do.

“We always approach the game in the correct manner and we know how tough it's going to be so we'll have to be at the top of our game to get anything. We're all striving for the same thing and that is to get the club back into the Championship but we know there is a lot of hard work to be done yet. We just have to keep working hard on the training ground and see where we are come the end of the season.”

The Glasgow-born player is a confirmed fan of festive football despite enjoying the benefits of a mid-winter shutdown north of the border at St Mirren during his formative years.

“Two games in two days is tough, but that is the business we are in,” he said. “After the game you have to make sure you recover and are right for the next one. The boys are not daft, we won't be going out partying or anything like that because we know we've got a job to do. We're all professional and that is what we will do.

“They had a break in Scotland a few years ago but it was scrapped and I know a lot of the foreign countries do it but I actually enjoy playing over the Christmas period. There is always good atmospheres and the fans are in a great mood coming to the stadiums and I kind of enjoy it.

“The fans are incredible. They turn up every week home and away and it does make a difference. They have been behind us all along and they need to continue to do it. In my opinion they've always been great during my time here. Win, lose or draw you know they will be back again next week.”

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