Lambert - FA Cup run can be a ‘lovely ride’ for Norwich City

Paul Lambert reiterated that Premier League survival remains the priority – but the City chief would love an FA Cup run.

The Canaries' boss fielded plenty of big hitters in his starting line-up, which included the likes of Russell Martin, Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt to despatch a Burnley outfit who arrived at Carrow Road as the Championship form horses.

Lambert insisted winning matches remains his main motivation after taking plenty of flak for Norwich's woeful Carling Cup exit to MK Dons earlier in the campaign.

'The team we picked against MK Dons was really strong and we got turned over. You just try and look at winning the next game. That is how I work and I thought the team I picked could win the game,' he said.

'I trust the lads to go and perform. I'm under no illusions that staying in the Premier League is the important thing for us. When you go into a cup competition it can be a lovely ride and you want to do well in it – but the main concern is the league.

'I thought today we were very, very good right from the off. We played some really good football. We had two really tough games against Burnley last season. The game I thought was going to be hard but we played at a high tempo. I wouldn't say it is because we have now consolidated in the Premier League, because we are only half way through.'

Lambert did concede City's relative comfort against the Clarets underlined the divide between the top flight and the rest.

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'I thought we were in control for most of the game,' he said. 'It doesn't matter how you win it as long as you go through but I thought we dominated the game from start to finish. Burnley are going well in the Championship themselves, but we hopefully have moved on from last year. I think the Premier League does that.

'The level and intensity you play at makes everybody step up to the plate. You can't dip below that and I felt we were excellent. The two early goals gave us a nice foothold and we dominated the ball. You are always worried when they got one back, but I felt the way the lads were playing we would create chances and that was certainly the case.'

City could even afford the luxury of a rare spot kick miss from Holt prior to the interval.

'He has scored so many vital ones for us that I am pretty sure he will do it again,' said Lambert. 'I've seen many missed and many scored, but he scored a terrific goal which I am very happy with. It's disappointing for Grant and ourselves, but he put us on the road as well and he has scored many a goal for this club.

'(Andrew) Surman's goal was fantastic. I thought the movement for that was excellent and it was a great finish. Then Steve (Morison) and Aaron (Wilbraham) came on and gave us a bit of a difference and Steve scored with virtually his first touch.'

Lambert did make one change to his frontline personnel with Declan Rudd restored to the line up for his first involvement since September's Premier League defeat to West Brom. Jed Steer was also included on the bench with John Ruddy absent due to the birth of his second child.

'John's partner gave birth so he has been in the hospital the past few days,' confirmed Lambert. 'She had a wee one yesterday (Friday) which is great for him, but I never had any problem throwing Dec in.

'He has never let me down and Jed is an able deputy. Dec might have come in anyway but it was a long two days for John so it was an easy decision.'