Lappin is on lookout for goal

David CuffleySimon Lappin still has one unfulfilled wish as he bids to crown a perfect season with Norwich City - to get his name on the scoresheet. The Scottish midfielder has made more appearances for the League One champions this term than any other player, missing just two of their 44 league matches.David Cuffley

Simon Lappin still has one unfulfilled wish as he bids to crown a perfect season with Norwich City - to get his name on the scoresheet.

The Scottish midfielder has made more appearances for the League One champions this term than any other player, missing just two of their 44 league matches.

But while 18 different players have scored for the Canaries, the man in the number 19 shirt has yet to get off the mark.

As City play their final away fixture against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium tomorrow (3pm), the 27-year-old Lappin is hoping it is not too late to open his account.

He said: 'I would like a goal but I think I said in an interview earlier this season that if it meant me not scoring and us winning the league title, I'd take that all day long.

'It would be nice to get on the scoresheet, but the most important thing is just to go and win the last two games. That's the aim.'

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Lappin's last goal for City came in a 2-1 home defeat by Cardiff in September 2007, though he spent 16 months without a first team appearance soon afterwards after being axed by former manager Glenn Roeder. Not scoring for Paul Lambert's title-winners this season is a minor consideration compared to that long exile.

He said: 'I'm not going to worry about it too much. If it happens, it happens. It's been a great season on a personal note for me, managing to play the amount of games I have.

'I have a huge debt of gratitude to the manager for sticking by me. Sometimes you're not going to play well but he's kept me in the side and I hope I've repaid him with some of my performances.'

With regular penalty taker Wes Hoolahan still doubtful with a thigh strain and skipper Grant Holt ruled out of the final two matches after an ankle operation, would Lappin volunteer to take a penalty?

'Yes, definitely. If it's there to be taken and nobody else is hitting it, I'll be putting my hand up. But I'm not going to concern myself too much about not having scored yet.'

Instead, Lappin has become one of the key providers of goalscoring opportunities, defender Michael Nelson scoring from his corners in the games that clinched promotion and the title.

'I just keep putting the ball in the box and if the boys get on the end of it, great,' said Lappin.

'It would be nice if somebody could repay the favour, even if it was big Mick taking a corner and I'll try to get my head on it.'

City have been celebrating their success this week, but it's back to business tomorrow.

'I think everybody's still on cloud nine. It's a fantastic feeling,' said Lappin.

'The manager said it the other night. It's why you play football - to win things. And there's no better feeling when you do.

'I've just got a get the serious head back on now. We've got another game tomorrow and we've got to be professional about it and do the job in hand.'

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