“Steven Smith is only really just coming back from injury and I threw him in at the deep end [at Bristol City] when he probably did not expect it. But he has done well in the last two games.”
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“We should have been two-up at half-time but what a performance that was. I thought we were brilliant. I thought we defended brilliantly as a team when we had to and Wardy [Elliott Ward] and Leon [Barnett] just keep on getting better.”
“l know how hard it is going to be but we have to try and get on the front foot,” said the City boss this morning. “Yes we might have to defend for our lives and take our chances when they come, but we will give as good as we get that’s for sure.”
“We all want to get three points and we’re more than capable of doing that, but Norwich have made a solid start to the season and we’ll have to be at our best,” said QPR star striker Jamie Mackie.
Despite the fact that many aren’t playing regular first-team football, the Under-21 squad is littered with Premier League names and not one of the outfield players in the group for Friday’s European Championship play-off is contracted to a Football League club.
Now, with Surman injured, Lappin is first choice. He cannot assume he will remain first pick. But, as he has demonstrated amply, he has the character and ability (and, yes athleticism) to prove people wrong.
Perhaps the truth is that I’ve now reached the point in life where there’s more past than there is future. And the past is where much of the best stuff lies. Like playing Sunday football. My career is certainly into the pantomime phase now. (“Where’s my regular salary, boys and girls?” Audience: “Behind you!”)
“I remember the times when they were in Europe and playing against the likes of Bayern Munich, but they have always had that pedigree and the fans have remained loyal even in the bad times,” said England Under-21 chief Stuart Pearce.
It is, therefore, all to Lambert’s credit that not only did he apply the brakes in a remarkably short space of time, but he then managed to slip the Norfolk club out of reverse and into first, second and third gears within the space of two or three months of his arrival.
“Goalscorers are always judged by their goalscoring ratio and I thought his first goal was top class,” said Canary chief Lambert on two-goal hero Simeon Jackson. “His second was difficult as well and it was a terrific finish. Simeon has been excellent.”
“You just have to look at Leicester’s forward line; they really are a good side. And tomorrow will be a similar sort of scenario – we have to keep Bristol City down there,” said a determined Paul Lambert this morning.
“I’m sure they will have seen enough chances created to be excited on Tuesday night, albeit mixed with disappointment from another defeat,” said the Bristol City chief. “The important thing is everyone pulls together this weekend and really rallies to get this first home win.”
“He’s unplayable,” was Drury’s simple verdict. “We see it in training day in, day out – and that’s what he’s like. You can put a man on him, but sometimes he’s so hard to stop. And with the goal, the penalty, the through ball.. he makes us tick.”
“It took a lot of guts to take a penalty like that at a crucial moment in the game and his second was absolutely brilliant,” said Lambert, hoping that his side could spare him such ‘excitement’. “I’m only 41 – and I’d like to see it through till I’m 44!” he laughed. “But that’s the way that Carrow Road should be – rockin’!”
“I’m pretty sure that Leicester will feel that – that they have to look to bounce back. They’ve been hurt a few times [this season] but its up to us to keep driving the nail into them,” said Lambert, revealing a merciless streak that tallies with a midfield ‘boss’ with a Champions League winners medal to his name.
“As a back four I don’t think we’ve been cut open by anyone. We feel pretty solid – especially with Crofty [Crofts] in front of you to protect you. But it was a lucky goal the first one and you hold your hand up for the second – it’s a great free-kick and you can’t really do anything about it.”
“The players have been absolutely brilliant for me and on another day we’d have won the game,” said the City chief. “What they’ve done in such a short space of time has been huge and as I said before, the biggest indicator is the crowd.”
“Everybody in the stadium knew we were the better side and Nigel [Pearson] said it himself as well,” said Canary boss Paul Lambert tonight. “I can’t ask for any more from them. We were excellent.”
“I was in two minds as to whether I should let Gilly [Matt Gill] out to be honest with you – he is great about the place and a terrific pro,” said Lambert, who won’t be boosting the numbers after Gill left for a spell at Peterborough.