Former Norwich City midfielder Darel Russell bids for repeat success with Charlton

Norwich City old boy Darel Russell believes League One pacesetters Charlton possess more than a passing resemblance to Paul Lambert's Canaries.

The on-loan Preston midfielder notched his third goal for the Addicks in a midweek 3-0 win over Yeovil that moved Chris Powell's men nine points clear of second-placed Sheffield United. Russell was a key component in the Norwich side that romped to the third tier crown in 2010 – a feat he aims to repeat over the coming months.

'At Norwich we had a very good team. I have to stress that it wasn't a team of individuals and that's similar to Charlton,' he said.

'We have a side with a good balance of players who are all working in the same direction. When you have a team of players who are all working in the same direction, it's a stronger unit than having a team of several individuals who may be brilliant on their day and not so good on others. It's quite possible that Charlton can emulate what Norwich have done and what Southampton are doing this season.'

On his own future Russell added: 'What happens at the end of the season will be in the hands of my performances and what the club wants to do.'