The manager always knows best, insists Norwich City skipper Holt

Whether it is Aaron Wilbraham or Wes Hoolahan alongside him, Grant Holt is happy to do what he is told by his manager – and get three points tonight against Bristol City.

Games against Barnsley and Preston saw the Norwich City skipper paired with a more advanced Hoolahan – a move some fans had been dying to see – while the midweek win at Leicester saw Wilbraham break his Canaries scoring duck on his return to the starting 11, with the Irishman returning to his attacking midfield berth.

But the man who remained Norwich’s striking constant is confident Hoolahan can provide City with an extra striking option should boss Paul Lambert feel the need – no surprise, given the fact Holt has maintained his own form in front of goal after stepping up to the Championship.

“I’m happy with how the goals are going in at the minute,” said Holt, on 17 goals in all competitions this season. “It doesn’t really matter (who is alongside me). You know if you play with Wes up there, he’s going to be different to any forward you’ll play with because he gives you the creativity side.

“But sometimes I’m there to do a job and the manager asks me to do that, and I’ll never moan at the manager with what he tells me to do.


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“He knows exactly what he can get out of Wes in that role and we know exactly what we can get out of Wes as a team.”

With Chris Martin out of action with a hamstring injury, Lambert has been trying to bring in striker reinforcements – and admitted he has been turned down by a number of his targets.

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However, Lambert reiterated that if a desired face did not come through the door he is happy to go with what he already has at his disposal.

“We’ve enquired about loads of them but I can’t just bring somebody in out of thin air and say I’ll bring you just to make up a number,” said Lambert.

“All the players that have been mentioned I probably went for, but one way or another they want to stay with their teams. Some players are not even in their (squad of) 18 and still don’t want to come.

“People judge success by the length of their contracts, not what they win. That’s the disappointing thing. Win something and then tell me, don’t sign for five years and then think you’re in a comfort zone.

“They are the wrong type of people and I live or die by it, but that doesn’t bother me. We’ll keep trying until the window shuts but I’m not going to lose my nerve over it. If this is the group I have to go with I’ll go with it.”

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