“It is important; you need all your players out there,” said City chief Paul Lambert. “He [Grant Holt] has not done too much and whether he is match fit or not remains to be seen. But it is good to have him back.”
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“I thought there were some good things there,” said City boss Paul Lambert. “There were some changes from Saturday, Stephen Hughes was back after a lay-off and there were some youngsters as well so I was reasonably happy with what we did.”
“If they could go up then fantastic, but it’s not easy and they won’t find it as easy as they did last season,” said ex-City striker Chris Sutton. “They have players who can cope at Championship level but it will be tough for them next season.”
“I thought Martin and Jackson were excellent,” said Canary boss Paul Lambert after the excellent win over Premier League Newcastle. “Jackson has come in late in Germany and he is probably playing a bit of catch up, but I thought him and Chrissy were excellent.”
“We just need to keep playing our football and the team showed that when we play, it is free flowing and that creates plenty of chances; as long as we are creating then the goals will come. I’m sure that come the first game of the season, we will score plenty of goals.”
“We’re a really good side when we pass the ball and we’ve also got a lot of players missing at the moment,” said a pleased Paul Lambert. “But we’ve got a pretty strong squad and the way we played the game today was excellent.”
With tomorrow’s first showpiece friendly on the horizon with Newcastle United coming to town, you would expect the City boss to start testing out his preferred team, injuries permitting. With seven additions to the squad this summer, the Scot has plenty of options.
“I was disappointed in the first-half but we did better in the second-half,” said Paul Lambert. “The main thing for me remains getting players fit, not picking up any injuries and getting ready for the Watford game and we’ve still got three games to go.”
“Rhoys still had a year on his contract at Norwich and that shows the ambition of the player because he could have just sat back and had a holiday for a year,” said Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell. “It also shows the ambition of the football club and this is what we have all come on board to do.”
“I have not had a single call and neither has the chairman so as far as we are concerned it is just speculation and rumour, which you get a lot of at this time of the year,” said Coventry chief Aidy Boothroyd.
“I don’t know Simeon but the boys say he’s a good lad and hopefully he goes to Norwich and does a really good job for them and I can do the same here,” said the likeable Essex boy. “We’ll just take each game and see how it goes.”
“Everyone knows Norwich is a massive club. The gaffer and his assistant played a major part as well and I’m just delighted to be here and want to get on with things. Coming from a relegated side to one that has been promoted is a bit different. But it is a challenge I’m looking forward to – I’m really excited.”
“He’s a goalscorer – he scored loads of goals for Gillingham in the last two seasons and he is an international striker. We first saw him at Rushden & Diamonds, where his goalscoring record was brilliant, and we obviously came up against him last season.”
“My ultimate ambitions do lie back at Norwich but it’s really good for me to come to a club as big as this. To play as many games as possible would be ideal for my development. Hopefully I’ll be able to give something back in terms of my performances and the results we get on the pitch.”
“It’s good for Tom [Adeyemi] to go out on loan to a big club like Bradford for six months, it’ll do his development a world of good and it’ll benefit both Tom himself and Norwich City,” said City boss Paul Lambert today.
Now I can understand why Askou couldn’t force his way back in; after all, Messrs Doherty and Nelson were performing well, with Zak Whitbread waiting in the wings. But for me, he’d be a decent bet even in the Championship – the lad can play.
“You hear about what Leicester have done and what Blackpool have done but we’re different to any other team that has come up and we’ll just try and get as many points as we can,” said Michael Nelson, speaking at the weekend.
“Everybody seems OK and we’ll see how we go,” said the Canary chief. “These pre-season games won’t give much away until it’s for real and the main thing is just to get everybody fit, that’s the objective.”
“When I knew Norwich needed a goalkeeper and they were going back in for Fraser Forster, who did very well here, I made sure my agent was on the case every day to try and push it through. Thankfully I am here now.”
Roy Waller and Julian Smith represented something else over and above the warmth and decency both brought to the ‘Press Pack’ in those glory, glory years. For both ‘got’ what it meant to be ‘a local’; both understood what it took to work that ‘local’ beat; more importantly, the locals ‘got’ them.