Lambert: Promoted clubs can clearly hold their own
Paul Lambert believes the newly-promoted clubs' winning weekend treble proves they will not be Premier League pushovers this season.
Norwich City's first win of the new campaign at Bolton was matched by Swansea who hammered West Brom 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium with QPR also picking their first away win on the road at Wolves.
Lambert believes the early signs are good for the Football League flag bearers, but admits his only priority is building on a maiden league success at the Reebok ahead of Sunderland's televised visit next Monday and a daunting trip to champions Man United.
'I've seen Swansea recently and I watched QPR the other night and I think it shows the three teams who came up are very good, I really do,' he said. 'They are more than capable of trying to hold their own in certain games but all we can do is try and win our games and let other teams do what they want do.
'We've been lacking a bit of fortune and maybe seeing games through. I've said it before but we have to be clinical both ends of the pitch and if we do then we'll be okay. The next game is Sunderland at home and that easy tie at Old Trafford. We've earned the right to play in this league and this environment so you make no apologies for trying to win games and that is what we'll do.'
City's win piled fresh misery on Bolton boss and Lambert's friend Owen Coyle prior to some Carling Cup respite for the Trotters' chief in midweek after the Canaries' 2-1 win had inflicted a third home league defeat of the season.
'They've went Liverpool, Man City, Man United, so the games beforehand you are talking about three great European sides,' he said. 'That is the magnitude of it but I think what Owen has done is fantastic. It is a really tough, tough place. I know people have maybe given Bolton some criticism, but you have to remember the teams they have played recently.
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'That can happen. Performance-wise, we have been playing like that for a while. We just haven't had the result. I don't think it is going to change anything in terms of confidence-wise, but it gives the players the belief to know they can go and compete and win at this level.'
Belief that applies equally to City's support base who made the long trek to Bolton again in large numbers to witness a first away top flight victory since 1994.
'They make it. They honestly do. They've been brilliant since I've been here,' said Lambert. 'Whether it is League One or the Championship, the stadium is sold out. They go everywhere, travel miles to certain games and the Norwich City fans are a credit to their football club.'