Lee promises to keep on dishing out rough stuff
Chris Lakey Alan Lee says he has no intention of giving up the rough stuff - because that's what keeps him at the top of his game. The one-time Tractor Boy is expected to make his home debut for the Canaries tomorrow, and says he's looking forward to flexing his muscles in front of a sell-out crowd.
Alan Lee says he has no intention of giving up the rough stuff - because that's what keeps him at the top of his game.
The one-time Tractor Boy is expected to make his home debut for the Canaries tomorrow, and says he's looking forward to flexing his muscles in front of a sell-out crowd.
"It's a fantastic club," he said. "I really cannot wait to get out on that pitch - if selected."
Lee has already made his mark with a bruising performance a fortnight ago which helped City to a 1-1 draw with promotion-chasing Birmingham. He picked up a booking for his efforts, but is happy to get stuck in.
"I think I need to be aggressive to be playing well and I think that showed on Saturday," he said.
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"There are times when you have got to calm down, we all see red, but you have got to challenge for things.
"Obviously there are times when you have to pull back a bit, but that's experience really, especially when you are on a yellow."
Lee had a running battle with the Birmingham defence, but tempers flared just before half-time when a stray elbow wiped out Franck Queudrue, moments after Lee himself had been felled by Lee Carsley.
"If you're talking about that elbow - Carsley led into me with an elbow far more dangerous," said Lee. "I didn't do anything, he led with his elbow with me, but we didn't crowd around the referee or make a big fuss about it, that's the difference. That is the way the game should be played."
The last time Lee appeared at Carrow Road was in November, 2007, when he scored Ipswich's opener in a 2-2 draw. Tomorrow, there's only one thing on his mind.
"Three points is the most important thing," he said. "As a striker you always want to score goals, but the three points are way too important to think about anything else."
And Lee believes City hold some of the best cards among the Championship strugglers, with 10 points bagged in the last five games and one or two rivals beginning to show signs of running out of steam.
"I get the impression there are some teams that are playing quite nervy football and I think sometimes if you have an inexperienced side that can happen," said Lee.
"You don't know how it's going to turn out, but mentally you stay strong, keep playing the way you believe, have the guts to get on the ball. I don't think we are in that bad a position and a win on Saturday will really help our chances.
"It's a huge month. It's big for the players and our careers, but I suppose at times like this the personalities come out and you get to see what people are made of, and so far from what I've seen the reaction has been great and there are some strong lads there.
"I played against them (Norwich) earlier in the season and l knew they were a good footballing team.
"It certainly didn't seem to me a dressing room that was down in the dumps and lacking confidence and I was very impressed with the lads, their attitude, fighting spirit, everything.
"I know a few of the lads, they are all good characters and it's a time for good characters."
City are coming off an international break - and while for some it's come at the wrong time, for Lee it's helped him settle in to a new working environment. Personally I have had more time to bed in, do some extra fitness and I can't say it's that much of a negative," he said.
"I feel really good. We did some fitness again on Tuesday, we had some days off, but I came in on Friday, kept ticking over and I just feel sharp. It has been refreshing for me coming back here to East Anglia and living at home and I am really happy at the moment.
"I know the lads are comfortable with me because they keep abusing my clothes - so from that point of view I don't think we have a problem."