December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Paul Lambert could not think of a better place to arrest Aston Villa’s recent decline than Carrow Road.
The Canaries’ Hall of Famer engineered league and cups wins on his landmark return to Norfolk last season, but Lambert admits Norwich’s summer spending makes this latest visit a step into the unknown.
“We had two great wins there last season and we’ll try to win again. We know we’ve got a good record there and we’ll try to do repeat that,” he said. “Norwich have got some new players there who I don’t know. One or two are still there that I worked with but it’s a new team that they’ve got.
“It’ll be a difficult game but I know we can go there and win. We’ll go down there with a great following and if those fans are anything like they were the last time we went there then it’ll make it a good atmosphere.”
Lambert wants no repeat of last weekend’s 2-1 Premier League home defeat to Newcastle after his young charges let their standards drop.
“It was out of character. It was one of the first times I have felt really disappointed after a game,” he told the club’s official site. “You always get annoyed when you get beaten and you’re disappointed to lose. You’ve got to give Newcastle credit, they played well and on the day we probably didn’t deserve to win the game.
“I’m certainly not going to let one performance get me down. The lads will come back strong. They can have an off-day, they are human. Sometimes they won’t perform. I definitely don’t come in on Monday and let the place be all doom and gloom. You can’t work like that. You’ve got to get them back up and get them going again. It’s only one game and you have to bounce back as quick as you can. We don’t dwell too much on it when we win, we certainly don’t dwell on it if we lose.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.