Paul Lambert insists Grant Holt has nothing to prove to Norwich City

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no qualms unleashing Grant Holt against his old club Norwich City. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no qualms unleashing Grant Holt against his old club Norwich City. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
11:30 AM

Norwich City’s former triple player-of-the-year Grant Holt has nothing to prove to his old club, insists Paul Lambert.

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The ex-City chief opted for a surprise reunion with the 32-year-old frontman last month after Holt had severed his ties at Carrow Road during the previous summer to move to Championship club Wigan.

Holt has made four appearances for the Villans since agreeing a New Year loan move until the end of the current season and Lambert will have no qualms unleashing the veteran on his former employers.

“Holty will be involved with the squad anyway, that’s the thing,” Lambert said. “I think he’ll be looking forward to it, it’s his first time facing them so it’s maybe new for him. He was a major catalyst for that club with what he did. When I was there he was player of the year for three years in a row and he was great for me. He was probably the worst trainer I’ve ever seen but you put him in on a Saturday and he performed. He was brilliant, he was absolutely fantastic. I know exactly what you get from him, I know exactly what he’s like. I’ve always had a laugh and a joke with him about his training but he’s 30-odd years of age now. You put him on a pitch on a Saturday and he performs. That’s the main thing.

“I don’t think he’s going to run about like an 18-year-old now he’s getting on a bit,” said the Villa boss. “He tries to work hard in training but when you put him on the pitch on a Saturday, he performs. He was fantastic for us (at Norwich), goal after goal. He became a big, big player and probably never really got the credit he deserved from people for what he did.”

Lambert knows the prospect of facing his old club will be a special occasion for Holt.

“It will be nice for him. He’s looking forward to it. It’s his first time. It will be new for him,” he said. “But he has been around the block though so there won’t be any sentimental things in his makeup. He knows he’s here to play for Villa to try and help us beat Norwich. But I am sure the Norwich crowd will give him a good reception for what he did for them. I don’t think Grant has anything to prove to Norwich. He carried that club on his shoulders for three years. He deserves a lot of credit, along with the other lads there. He was a major catalyst for Norwich. He was great for me. He was player of the year there for three seasons in succession.”

Holt admits he still has plenty of affection for the Canaries.

“I wish them all the success in the world,” he told Skysports. “I hope they sustain Premier League survival for a long, long time and hopefully try and grow, obviously not at the expense of Aston Villa at the moment. But I always want to see that club do well. No one can ever take away what I done there and what that club did for me, and I always look for their results and hope they do well. At the moment it’s a little bit like I don’t want them to do too well, but obviously at the end of the day I want them to stay up.”

Lambert is unbeaten in four games against his old club and the Villa boss believes enough water has flowed under the bridge to avoid over-hyping this latest meeting, despite the concerted pursuit of Wes Hoolahan during the recent transfer window and an offer labelled ‘derisory’ by the City board, following on from an earlier resolution to the compensation battle surrounding Jed Steer’s close season exit.

“I just view it as another game,” said Lambert. “I think if you go down that route of prioritising one game as more important than another I think you end up flat on your face. For me it’s another game. I’ve been involved in too many of them now. The first one, maybe going back to Carrow Road because you don’t know what people are thinking. But I’ve had a few now and it’s a game that we’ll go and try and win.”

37 comments

  • West Ham, Hull and Fulham all went down today - as expected, but surprise the team whose name sounds like backside did lost to Stoke ! Never mind 3 out of 4 isn't too bad !! Can't see Cardiff getting anything at Spurs - looks like Cardiff & Fulham are favourites for the drop - who else, Palace ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I think I should say `Thanks, Blaff, mijn vriend` but you are a bit of a mystery to me (apologies to Orbison\Bono). `Gene` Putney clearly finds my geriatrically generated grouchiness about slushy sentimentality scabrous, just as I find slushy sentimentality to be, well, slushy and sentimental. It`s only when Olly G is mentioned that I find myself `Looking through the eyes of Love`. I get Sycamore I think about it. Yours offensively, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • lets see if the results go our way........ Everton to beat West Ham, Chelsea to beat Fulham, Newcastle to beat Hull, Arsenal to beat Stoke, Sunderland v West Brom 0-0 draw, S'ton v L'pool 0-0 draw, City to thrash Villa, Swansea v Palace 0-0 draw, Spurs to thrash Cardiff - lets hope all goes to plan !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Is Chutney Putney a reference to me? If so, why do I need to grow a pair? And what's that got to do with this article? And why am I 24 hours away from reality? I don't understand...could somebody help me?

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I remember the last game of the season a couple of years ago when we beat Villa 2-0. I think it was Paul Lambert's last game as manager and Grant Holt scored one of our goal - Villa were absolutely woeful that day and City had them on toast. Would be wonderful to see a repeat of that today, even though PL & HG are on the other side of the fence now ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • We will win and you will fall flat on your face, Mr Lambo. OTBC!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I genuinely barely understood a word you wrote Brewer. Am I prissy and judgmental? Rich coming from you, either way. I note you have no interest in what I (he, just so you know) have to say- but then you ask me a question...? You asking me about triumphalism seems a bit like the pope asking a layman about Catholicism...but I suppose it depends on your chosen definition...as a doctrine, you'd go far to beat rationalism, but I suppose you don't need to get bogged down in that sort of thing - much easier to repeatedly post nonsensical jibberish in a beautiifully artful (russel brand-esque) way on Internet boards that are largely populated by people who can't even distinguish between there their and they're. But hey, whatever it is one needs to do to make themselves feel clever and happy. Good luck.

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Swiss, Institute for kids who don't speak good? In Birmingham? I'll leave it there. :-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Ooops, Chrissy Martin sent off for Derby in their crucial game against Burnley. Unfair second yellow according to Sky

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • So, if we win tomorrow, we could be eleventh. Fulham and Cardiff probably doomed. We bite our nails cautiously

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Putney, I prefer to think of it more in terms of the Bishop's park, or at least its environs, and how grateful we are that your more illustrious neighbours put the cottagers prayer to rest, and with a bit of luck they will take the bluebirds with them. Then, in the words of Dusty Springfield, I believe 'Hoping and Praying', that we might float to the top of the pack, or as Vic Reeves might have put it, 'Let it lie'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Not quite, but getting close

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I'm looking forward to the match. I just hope Hughton doesn't head-butt Grant Holt.

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    bogbog

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Pierre, I agree that could well be so. My intent was to put Lambo`s sly "for me", "since I`ve been here" egotism in context. Holt was a star for us. PS, Putney`s comment "out of interest" is spot on. I`m right out of any interest reading his\her stuff. I don`t care whether it`s Cayman, Caiman or come into the garden Maud. Are you into triumphalism, Puts?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • BpBp, thanks for advice. No issue there, baby staying at home. OTBC!! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Tried to predict the results in other games and what results would be good for City. I was ethe-red and I wonder if it was anything to do with the spelling name of the red team from North London ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Oh, Gorbalschev! `Holt probably never got the credit he deserved from people for what he did`. What people? He was voted Triple Player of the Season by the `people` that buy the tickets`; you know, The Fans. Norwich City Fans. Who else matters? We know, in your parlance, `he was great for me`. You said that `for me` stuff plenty enough, lest we forget that it was all down to you....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • 'My name is Jan the gypsy I travel the land There are no chains about me I am, me own man I can tell a fair old story which I'm sure ain't no surprise Of the places I have been, oh, and they ain't no lies.' Signed copy, second album, best treasure along with memories of Justin Fashanu, and that Steve Morrison equaliser. She also wrote 'It'll take a long long time.' Such was her wisdom, that she could even be prophetic about certain football clubs. New sentence. But, yes but, not even butt, who was she, and why might she have supported Chelsea, Fulham or Colchester?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Putney - how about Eric Carmen ? A bit of vitriol on here today. I suggest before we log on to Archant of a morning, we all go onto Youtube and select 'Its a beautiful morning' by US Italian white soul band Young Rascals. Click on the version with the yellow smiley face. You can't be grumpy after listening to that.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I look at that picture and think of Ben Stiller's 'Blue Steel' in Zoolander.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Some nice words from Holt. Pity that Lambert can't find it in himself to acknowledge NCFC was good for him, rather than the other way round. Notice he made some snide remarks in national press today about Vaughan's transfer. It's time to put one over Lambo and if we do his Villa future might look bleak. If it does not happen then let's get some perspective. It's not a Lambert jinx. At Villa we have only won 3 times in 26 attempts which is more a reflection of where the clubs are in football's pecking order. That is not to say the old order can't be changed. Come on Norwich.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Talking of nuts (monkey ones), Brew, Chutney Putney needs to grow a pair. He (or she) is clearly 24 hours from reality. The "grass" is clearly greener (or less yellow) on the other side [of the Thames].

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I did not dub you Chutney Putney, nor Gene Putney, Putney, though I have no issue with the chap that did. It`s good to know that there is somebody, even more prissy and judgemental than you, to beat you to the right of righteous outrage. I`m interested to hear that you are transmogrifying into an alligator-like reptile. Or is is a case of "I am a rock, I am an Island?" So, for you, it`s either the Caribbean or South America. Nice long way away either way. All good. Good to see Daffy Dubai has finally caught up with the Ar$enal problem. Are you Tim Vine`s girlfriend in "Not Going Out"? Bless. I love happy people.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • BP2 - you have committed the ultimate sin. You have started a sentence with 'so' and twice. Only BBC boffins and Ed Millipede (who never starts a sentence with any other word) are allowed to do this.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Can someone provide Manfred with statistical interpretations of the posts on this board because he does not understand what anyone is saying. 5 4 3 2 1.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Brewer, I rather took it that PL was referring to the lack of a Holt call-up for England in 2012, and the sneerings of Shearer and other TV pundits on his chances?

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    Pierre

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Holt will no doubt get some sort of run out against us for sur. However, I am more than happy for him to play against us. He was superb for us but to be honest, he was lazy slow and cumbersome so a year since leaving us I do not expect him to have gathered any pace or ability. If our central defenders do their job properly the I would be more than happy to play against Grant Holt than any other striker in the Premiership, with the exception of Carlton Cole

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    GPL

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Gek, I know the Americans use "guys" in a unisex sort of way, but I don't think us Brits can use "chaps" to denote males AND females. BTW, missed you again at the Obese Feline tonight. I pretended we beat Villa 2-1 this afternoon instead of Sunday and went out to celebrate. Roy would be proud of me. In dreams. Je vriendin, Wijs.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • That was the Convention at the time , Punton?

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    Pierre

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Ghana, just be careful tomorrow, you don't want the baby following the trajectory of Haley's comet. There are enough safeguarding alerts amongst us already.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Sorry, GD, I forgot to sign the Loyalty Oath. OTBC!!! IHIT!!!! CCIG!!!! WALOB!!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • The baby will be mightily relieved. Enjoy the game.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • So, if we win tomorrow, we could be eleventh. Fulham and Cardiff probably doomed. We bite our nails cautiously. Cardiff will be dispatched from the lane with crimson bottoms.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Ah - I just looked back at a previous board and see that the crazy brewer thinks I reported his offensive comment. Alas, I did not. Thinking back to the page where you made said comment, there was at least one person who promised they would report it. My guess is it was likely them. For what it's worth, I don't think the comment was worthy of reporting - it wasn't offensive in that sort of way. I just thought it showed how much you misjudged the situation (somehow suggesting it was stage managed or for the cameras). I saw it in completely the opposite way, and it's because of that I felt your comment was, at best, heartless. And felt out of character. But, whatever...no self puty here brew... Out of interest...I am soon to be "Cayman Canary"...is there a singer from your youth you can change one letter in that Moniker to make?

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • I will not be enumerating my pullets before they have emerged.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • He's too short

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I just choked on my tea after reading Little YellowBirdie's "Zoolander" reference. Whatever next? "The Paul Lambert Institute for Kids Who Don' Speak Good".

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

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