Most Norwich City fans will have quickly scanned the Premier League fixture list for the two games against former boss Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa – but double player of the season winner and Evening News columnist Iwan Roberts believes it is time to look forward rather than back.

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“It’s not about Paul Lambert now, it’s about 38, very, very difficult games and building on what was achieved last year – onwards and upwards,” said former striker Roberts, after the Canaries’ programme for 2012-13 was released.

City kick off with four games against London opponents, starting against Fulham at Craven Cottage on the opening day on August 18.

But after the first four matches comes a run of five potentially very tough games, away to Newcastle, at home to Liverpool, away to Chelsea, at home to Arsenal and away to Villa. City lost all five corresponding fixtures last season, despite finishing 12th in the table.

“There are some games against top sides early on that are going to be really difficult, but there are some winnable games in that lot,” said Roberts.

“We never had the best of times at Craven Cottage but you do get some strange results on the opening day and I’m sure Chris Hughton will be looking to make his mark.

“The first home game against Queens Park Rangers you have to be looking to win, even though they will strengthen their side in the summer.”

Roberts said Hughton would enjoy taking on his former clubs, with Tottenham, West Ham and Newcastle the Canaries’ first three September opponents.

“Chris was a fantastic servant for Spurs, where he made his name as a player and also as a coach,” he said. “And he will look forward to the game at Newcastle. Though he has nothing to prove to them, it’s nice to go back to a club where you were harshly treated and try to come away with something.”

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24 comments

  • Could be Soglio Star - like Justin and John Fashanu! How about "A time for (ex) Norwich City forward Iwan Roberts to look for a new job".

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I hear Elliott Bennett does really well in training!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Fair comment Small Town.......I'll mail you when we sign Rooney + Ronaldo..

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    Timbo

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • No probs MB it was just for you.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • CDU, is Jason, Jordan's kid brother? Or perhaps it could read ... Time for a new look Ewan Roberts forward for Norwich City...? any other suggestions?

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Sorry, 4! Added Ward later. Don`t write him of, critics. He was ring-rusty when he came back last season after injury. Give him the benefit of the doubt for a bit! I thought he looked fine in the Championship and the long lay-off meant he was playing catch-up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • or maybe ... Look, City to time a new Roberts' Norwich Iwan era for forward ... step up ... Trevor Benjamin!

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Nobody spells poor old Iwan`s name right. Well, not often. He`s been Ewan, Euan, Ieuan...... BBC Gossip Column has it Norwich are competing with All No Vista , Reading & Sunderland for Ibrahima Balde, a Senegalese International, aged 23. Fee reportedly circa £8million. Does that sound likely? Glad you`re a Benno convert, Lobs! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Roberts may have been a liikeable old lump on the pitch, but he`s no Einstein. Having said that, he`s being paid money for old squit. Could that we all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • That`s a new one, Lobbo! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Euan, Iwan ,ewan now, look see , depends if you're valleys or the upper bit of wales where they dont play rugby.Cymru am bath .Should be a phonetic langauge.He was a legend though.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Like it! Thank you, Lobbo. Did Benno the Smaller`s goal v Spurs make a lasting impression on your rating of that player? It was his only goal of the season. I think we`ll need all the midfielders chipping in with a few now. Pilks did quite well last season, Wessi and Surs got a few too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Absolutely, look forward, lambert is an opposition manager now. It's is all gone down in history. lets write some even better history this season

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    gordon52

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • MB. no doubt about it, it was a good goal, but then again I could score a goal like that about once every hundred years! I think it's all a confidence thing, oh! I've just had a thought, if he reads these postings it might all be down to me. Think I'll back off and bull him up from now on. Come on Benno, you're the best!

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    Lobbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I do not think i will bother reading re-hashed stories about City and the forthcoming season. Someone please email me when there is some proper news...

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    smalltownboy

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • Hi MB. Maybe if we keep mentioning to the Archant Scribes in every thread that a list of the current contractual status of the players would be interesting to us fans, they might eventually take some notice?

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I think the headline should read "Er..a time for Norwich City to look for a new forward". Jason Rhodes for instance.

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Off! Repeated ethering has deranged my typing skills!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • For once I agree with a former player,lets forget about ALL our previous managers and players.get behind Chris.its onwards and UPWARDS from now on the future is Yellow and Green (not Rob.) O T B C.

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    richard grout

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • I wonder if Hughton is a "Swan"? Serenely gliding over the surface but paddling furiously beneath it? It`s good to see 3 stalwarts; Fox, R. Martin, Ward and Surs, all signing new contracts. Presumably there`s plenty left on Howson`s, Ayala`s and Benno the Bigger`s? Would be useful, as somebody else recently suggested, if our friends at the EDP could pen a small article summarising the current Contract situation. That would be of interest to fans?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • " Though he has nothing to prove to Newcastle, it’s nice to go back to a club where you were harshly treated and try to come away with something.” ...Ah! The dangers of letting ex-footballers near the English language. This sentence is a complete contradiction in terms. If you've got nothing to prove to a club who treated you badly, why would it be nice to come away with something? Anymore than it would @ another club, where you hadn't been treated harshly? Explain please Oh mighty Welsh one...

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    Timbo

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Would really like to see City quick out of the blocks against Fulham. I believe that we are overdue a big win there and would like to see us set down a marker with a convincing win ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Did I understand correctly when I heard Iwan Roberts agree that Holt should be allowed to leave if he was not happy anymore at Norwich? This was about 12 days after we heard of Grant's transfer request.

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    Howard

    Friday, June 22, 2012

  • Would really like to see City quick out of the blocks against Fulham. I believe that we are overdue a big win there and would like to see us set down a marker with a convincing win ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 22, 2012

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