Lambert hails 'outstanding' performance from Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 11:48 04 April 2011
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Paul Lambert insists he will lose no sleep over how many points his Norwich City team may need to clinch promotion to the Premier League.
After an imperious 6-0 win over Scunthorpe United put the Canaries four points clear in second place in the Championship with seven matches to go, the City boss was as calm as ever about a potentially triumphant end to the season – and was not about to reach for the calculator.
“There are miles to go, miles. I don’t look at what’s going to happen in two games’ time or three games’ time. I know it’s still a massive, massive task to do it but we’re giving this one hell of a fight,” said Lambert.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow and I’m not going to lose sleep over how many points. I’m enjoying the ride with the rest of the lads and what’s going to happen is going to happen.”
Next Saturday, City visit fourth-placed Swansea, who were beaten 2-1 at Preston, with further away games to come against Watford, Ipswich and Portsmouth. The remaining home fixtures pit them against Nottingham Forest, Derby and Coventry. Those seven matches comes in the space of 29 days.
“The next month will be every bit as tough as August was. There is no easy game,” said Lambert.
Nevertheless, City certainly looked like a team well equipped to complete their second successive promotion, after last season’s League One title triumph, as they swept Scunthorpe away with some dazzling football, some of it provided by Spain Under-21 international Dani Pacheco, on loan from Liverpool, on his debut.
“I thought his debut was as good as I’ve seen. I thought he was brilliant, he lifted the crowd,” said Lambert.
“The hype about him was over the top. People thought he was just going to come in here and be like Lionel Messi. He’s only a 20-year-old kid learning the game. But I thought his performance was fantastic. I thought from the off we were outstanding. The tempo of the game was great, the new lads have certainly given the place a lift and the way we played was excellent. I keep hearing that stuff about we’ve no big names, but I tell you they’re making a name for themselves.”