Lambert sticks to principles

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert insists his side won't abandon their attacking principles in the Premier League.

The Canaries hit 83 goals in the Championship last season, more than any other side in the division, and just because they are about to step up a level Lambert is not about to develop an inferiority complex.

The Norwich boss has been trying out different systems from the midfield diamond that has served him so well during successive promotions but it is simply not in the Scot's DNA to willingly afford any kind of attacking initiative to the opposition.

'We will have to wait and see – it's (the Premier League) new for me. It's new for the players but nobody wants to start off on the back foot and wait for things to come against you. We will go and try and win.'

Lambert used the last half hour of City's pre-season win against Parma to hone a 4-5-1 formation that he could use over the coming season.

Norwich's summer recruitment drive has certainly given the club the ability to play that way with signings like Elliott Bennett and Anthony Pilkington able to provide the width necessary in such a system while Bradley Johnson is more than capable of sitting in front of the back four alongside David Fox.

Lambert has been busy developing several different patterns of play over the summer to take on the leading lights of the Premier League.

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'We've got players at the club that can adapt to other systems,' he said. 'It's (the diamond formation) something that has stood us in good stead over the past two years but it's not set in stone that that's the way we're going to play.

'We're going to be going to really tough places but we've earned the right to be in that company so we will see what happens.'

The training pitches of Colney will be ultra competitive this week with all squad members desperately hoping to show they deserve to be part of the starting XI for the season opener against Wigan on Saturday.

Lambert has told the players that no-one is guaranteed a starting place and is confident his squad will be ready to hit the ground running at the DW Stadium.

'The lads know that we will be gearing up for the Saturday,' he added. 'Come Saturday hopefully we're going to be ready.'