Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert can expect a mixed reception from visiting fans at Aston Villa on Saturday, according to ex-Canary star Dion Dublin.

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Dublin, who played for both clubs, said most City supporters still appreciated what Lambert achieved in three years at Carrow Road with successive promotions and a mid-table Premier League finish.

He said: “I think the reaction will be mixed. But I do feel the majority will actually clap him and respect him for what he did for Norwich City. I think it will be great before the game. If Norwich lose, it will be rubbish after the game and they’ll give him a hard time. It’s the fans’ prerogative.”

Dublin backed Lambert to revive Villa’s fortunes despite a dismal start to the season with just five points from eight games.

He said: “They haven’t been good enough of late. They’re 17th in the league, having an absolute nightmare at the moment. It isn’t good enough for a club of Villa’s size. I think Paul Lambert will turn it round, though.

Dion Dublin factfile

- Born: April 22, 1969 in Leicester

- Capped four times for England.

- First ever goalscorer in a Wembley play-off final (Cambridge United, 1990)

- In the 1997/98 season he equalled the Coventry City record for most goals in a top division season with 23 goals.

- Won the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premier League double with Celtic in 2006.

- Voted Norwich City’s Player of the Year for the 2007/08 season.

- Invented a percussion instrument, called “The Dube”.

- Career:

Cambridge Utd: 202 apps, 73 goals

Manchester Utd: 17 apps, 3 goals

Coventry City: 171 apps, 73 goals

Aston Villa: 190 apps, 59 goals

Millwall (loan): 7 apps, 3 goals

Leicester City: 65 apps, 6 goals

Celtic: 12 apps, 2 goals

Norwich City: 79 apps, 16 goals

- Total: 743 apps, 235 goals

“I think he’ll do well. I don’t think Villa will be anywhere near relegation.”

Dublin rates Villa as favourites in Saturday’s televised game, but knows City are capable of following up their first league win of the season, over Arsenal, if Lambert’s men are not on song.

He said: “It is a crunch game and a game that Villa fans will be expecting them to win. That should be the expectation of a club of that size. You look at the fixture, Aston Villa v Norwich, that should be win for Aston Villa but it doesn’t work like that in the Premier League.

“If Villa turn up and he gets his team flying I think they’ll win the game at a canter. If they are just slightly below their best – and they have to be at their best to beat Norwich – I think Norwich will get a convincing win. I don’t think there is anything in between.”

Dion Dublin was speaking to David Cuffley on behalf of Capital One, the credit card company and sponsors of the League Cup. Visit facebook.com/capitaloneuk.

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1 comment

  • And he "blew the gaffe" on the Mackail-Smith transfer.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

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