McNamee starting to shine after biding time with City

Anthony McNamee will be given licence to thrill once again as Norwich City bid to move a step closer to the Championship tomorrow. The Canaries face Yeovil Town at Carrow Road (3pm) - the third meeting between the two clubs this season - with the 26-year-old winger hoping to help engineer a third successive win for the League One leaders after playing a decisive role on his only two starts to date.

Anthony McNamee will be given licence to thrill once again as Norwich City bid to move a step closer to the Championship tomorrow.

The Canaries face Yeovil Town at Carrow Road (3pm) - the third meeting between the two clubs this season - with the 26-year-old winger hoping to help engineer a third successive win for the League One leaders after playing a decisive role on his only two starts to date.

It was McNamee's corner that set up substitute Oli Johnson's stoppage-time winner at home to Southend 10 days ago, while his cross provided skipper Grant with the only goal at Oldham last Saturday.

Darel Russell's absence through suspension - he completes a three-match ban tomorrow - has forced manager Paul Lambert to reorganise his side, to McNamee's benefit, following just six outings as substitute in his first three months after joining the club from Swindon.


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Lambert is delighted with McNamee's contribution so far.

'He has had two games and he has set up winning goals in both of them,' he said in his Evening News column today.

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'He has done a great job for me and, as I have said before, once you are in the team and playing well, it is hard for others to dislodge you. Anthony has had to wait his turn but he has been fine since he arrived from Swindon and has not given me any problem at all.

'Even though he hasn't been playing, he hasn't moaned, he has trained and got on with his job and he has given me a nice problem to have when other players are available again.'

Lambert was set to add a new face to his squad today with Preston forward Stephen Elliott poised to sign on loan for the rest of the season, but an unchanged starting line-up seems the most likely option against Yeovil, with on-loan full-back Michael Rose set to face one of his former clubs.

Full-back Adam Drury, whose thigh strain gave Rose his chance, has taken the first steps towards a return to action.

'Adam did a little bit in training yesterday morning and is doing nicely but I'll decide myself when he's ready,' said Lambert.

Defender Zak Whitbread (calf) and striker Cody McDonald (thigh) are still sidelined, but goalkeeper Declan Rudd trained yesterday after missing two matches with a back strain. Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones played an hour for City Reserves on Wednesday after returning from a loan spell at Yeovil, and may have an outside chance of a place in the squad against the club he spent a month with.

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