“We have got to get our serious heads on now, be professional about it and do the job in hand,” said Canary midfielder Simon Lappin. “It will be a difficult game and Bristol will want to go out and win it. As I said before, we just need to approach it in the right manner.”
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“There were times in training when he would hurt himself and you thought ‘oh my god’. But he just battled on and got on with it; we knew we had to get him through the games,” said Canary chief Paul Lambert this morning.
“It would be really good if both me and Korey could be involved next year and form a partnership similar to what we had in the youth team,” said likeable City youngster Tom Adeyemi. “He has done really well this year and that is something I’m looking to do next year.”
“We couldn’t have imagined this would happen and that opening day was surreal. It took our breath away and I don’t know how we got through it really,” said Delia Smith. “But with the way it has turned out, I’m so pleased for our supporters – they absolutely deserve it.”
As the years go by, I’m not sure that I wholly buy into this idea that you must have this fantastic team spirit; this sudden chemistry within the dressing room – a ‘Band Of Brothers’ ethos that sees 22 grown men as one together at three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon and again – some ten, befuddled hours later – at 1am on a Sunday morning.
“We’ve had games where we were 1-0 down at half-time and he [Paul Lambert] came in and said ‘we’re going to win this’ and we often did. As players, you take on that belief and confidence. It gives us strength of character and team spirit and it’s helped us push on.”
“It doesn’t matter what league you are in, there are not many times that you lift a trophy so you may as well cherish it because before you know it, football will kick you,” said the delighted Norwich manager. “While it’s here, you may as well enjoy it.”
“It’s what we’ve been working hard to do all year, get promotion,” said 30-goal striker Grant Holt yesterday, speaking to the media at Colney. “It seems like it’s been dragging on for weeks and weeks but we’ve got it now – and now we’ve got the added job of going on and winning the league.”
“I don’t just want to look for the point to get us there. I want to win the last three games, get as many points as we can and, more importantly, win the league,” said a chirpy Paul Lambert today. “That’s my main aim.”
The magnitude of what City have achieved over the last nine months is truly extraordinary. First, there’s the simple fact that we’ve gone straight back up automatically. It happens a lot less often than you’d think – and I know, because I’ve checked.
“Celtic is a marvellous football club but my time is here and I absolutely love it at Norwich,” said Carrow Road boss Paul Lambert, speaking in a radio interview this week. “I came here when the club was hurting but we’ve taken it up and I’ll continue to do my best for this football club.”
Delia Smith, Michael Wynn Jones and Michael Foulger continue, much to their credit, to put their money where their mouth is and the business acumen of the board’s newest recruits means that Norwich City appears to be in safe hands, despite the financial crisis currently engulfing football.
“Norwich came with a solid 4-4-2. We were disappointed to concede a goal from a corner but, as I’ve said, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the lads. We will keep going and it’s all there to play for still,” said a positive Charlton boss Phil Parkinson.
“Some of the fans had their say after 35-40 minutes of the first game of the season [1-7 against Colchester] but it just goes to show that you’ve got to be patient. Fair enough, they pay their money, but if you stick with us then we’ll show that we can get the job done.”
“I bet this is a different press conference to the one here last year when Norwich had just been relegated,” said a victorious Paul Lambert. “It was important to get back at the first attempt because the club could languish at this level and it was vital to do so for the fan base because they are extraordinary.”
“Maybe it’s ideal to be playing a team like Charlton who will want to get it down and play, just like us,” said City’s exciting forward Oli Johnson, speaking ahead of today’s trip to SE7. “Playing against a fellow promotion contender may suit us.”
“Being up there is great and as I said, every manager and player would love to be where we are. I don’t tend to let it get to me. The pressure at this football club is always there with the amount of people that come and watch us but if we do it, it’ll be great.”
“Let’s get Norwich edgy, let’s make them a bit nervous because in the last couple of months it has been plain sailing for them, so it will be good if we can put them under a bit of pressure on Saturday,” said Charlton boss Phil Parkinson, speaking ahead of this weekend’s promotion showdown.
“That’s the worst we’ve been for a while and we have to pick ourselves up and go again,” said Paul Lambert, speaking after the frustrating defeat at Leyton Orient last night. “We’re still sitting at the top but we have to go again.”
“Steve Harper has had a brilliant season as well so he will rightfully be No 1 at Newcastle next year and of course I can push him in pre-season. But I really want to be playing first team football rather than sitting on the bench somewhere.”