Important not to get too carried away, says Lambert
PUBLISHED: 17:19 04 October 2010
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Manager Paul Lambert is refusing to get over-excited by Norwich City's impressive start to the Championship campaign.
The Canaries’ third away victory of the season, 3-0 at Bristol City, kept them in third place in the table after 10 games.
But Lambert said it was too soon to draw any conclusions about where his team might finish next May.
“Nobody should get carried away,” he said. “We’ve done really fine to get ourselves a decent start in the table and to come here and play the way we did, I thought we were brilliant.
“But I’ve been in the game long enough to know that there are miles to go. The players don’t get carried away.”
Nevertheless, Lambert’s attacking policy is paying dividends with only two sides – leaders Queens Park Rangers and Watford – scoring more goals than Norwich, who have 17 so far.
He said: “I always think you’ve got to try to get on the front foot and I don’t think we’ve drawn too many games since we’ve been here. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I thought the way we played it could have been a few more. We were under pressure for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the game and then we got a foothold in the game and started to play.
“It’s a hard place to come, regardless of where they are in the league. It was always going to be a tough game but we deserved to win.”
Striker Simeon Jackson’s two goals justified Lambert’s decision to give his summer signing a second successive start.
“Goalscorers are always judged by their scoring ratio and we’ve seen him get three now,” said Lambert.
“His first goal I thought was top-class, even the second one. There was still a lot of work to do and it was a terrific finish, but he’s been excellent. He’s not played much football and he’s had to wait patiently, but it’s a squad game.
“Grant Holt gave them problems the whole game, their back lads, and Simeon did what he’s good at – getting on the end of things and being quick.
“One thing about Simeon Jackson, he’s a brilliant pro – he never once let his head go down when he wasn’t in the side.”