Lambert - Premier League excitement is building

City boss Paul Lambert admitted there was a growing sense of excitement among his squad with the Premier League season just two weeks away.

The Canaries won 3-0 at Coventry in their latest pre-season friendly and face two home games, against Real Zaragoza on Wednesday, and Parma on Saturday, before the real business begins at Wigan on August 13.

'It's new for everybody at the football club and you want to play for real,' said Lambert.

'We have two more friendlies against two top sides and once we're finished all our attention is on the first game. That's when it will really hit them.'

The City boss was well satisfied with the display at the Ricoh Arena where he again used 21 players, the goals coming from Aaron Wilbraham, Steve Morison and Elliott Bennett.

'I'm delighted with the way we played. Everybody has worked really hard over the course of pre-season and it's another game down, at a lovely place to come and play against a good Coventry side,' he said.

Summer signing Bennett took the eye by making one goal and scoring another with a superb effort from 30 yards.

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'I thought his ball for Steve Morison at the back was terrific and his strike was a fantastic one. You've got to remember he's only a young lad,' said Lambert.

The City boss reported one casualty from the afternoon with midfielder Andrew Crofts suffering a kick and being substituted early in the second half, but he said winger Anthony Pilkington was getting closer to a return to action.