McVeigh thinking positive

Paul McVeigh believes Paul Lambert's positive attitude will bring an end to Norwich City's long wait for a Premier League away win.

City haven't won a top flight game away from Carrow Road since December 17, 1994 – a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, courtesy of Ashley Ward.

McVeigh was part of the squad which failed to taste success on the road in the 2004-05 campaign – but he believes the Lambert factor will change all that come August 13.

'With the way that the manager plays away from home I don't think it is going to be a problem,' said McVeigh. 'They are so positive away from home that every game they go into they go looking to win it.

'You've seen teams in the past go up and they don't look like they want to attack, they don't look like they are going for the win and it usually ends up with them losing or drawing. It is just not good enough having draws in the league away from home – if you can obviously you take them, but you have to go for the wins.

'That is his philosophy, he goes for the win. You've seen that with the substitutions he makes throughout games. He never wants to draw a game and I honestly feel no matter who he is playing, whether it is away at Manchester United or away at Chelsea, I don't think he will go there for the draw – he will definitely be going there for the win.'

City's absence of any discernible away form seven years ago cost them dearly – they were relegated after just one season in the top flight – but McVeigh believes it will be different this time around.

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'Definitely,' said McVeigh, who is establishing a career in motivation speaker and media work after leaving City last summer. 'I have that much confidence in the team. A lot of people talk about the signings and of �10m players, but that is not the way the manager does things. His ethos is about the team and if he brings in some sort of superstar on �60,000 a week it could change the dynamic.'

Lambert's relationship with his players and the mutual respect is has created is paramount, according to McVeigh.

'I think that is what the players feel with the manager – he puts so much trust and faith in them and they have proven they are up to it,' said the Northern Irishman.

'Whenever a manager shows that faith and trust in you a player's performance will go up three or four levels.

'I have played under managers where you know they will put you in their team, but it is almost by default, they don't really trust you, they don't think you are going to do it.

'It is the fact that the players trust the manager and the manager trusts the players. It is a great relationship with such solid foundations and that is where the success comes from because if you don't have that it is like a house of cards. The manager dictates things, he sets the standards. It comes from him and the players take up the mantle.'

Meanwhile, McVeigh has joined fellow Canary Hall of Famer Iwan Roberts, Craig Fleming and Dean Ashton in an ambassadorial role with the Community Sports Foundation.

'I am delighted to be asked to take on an ambassador role with CSF,' said McVeigh. 'They do incredible work in the community. I have known the guys at the charity for the last decade and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting involved in any way I can.'

CSF director Ian Thornton said: 'We are very pleased Paul has agreed to join our team of Ambassadors to represent and support the foundation.

'To become an ambassador of the Community Sports Foundation we like our ambassadors to have a strong link, passion and affinity with all things Norwich City and Norfolk. We also want them to have an understanding of the positive effect football and sport's has on people lives. Paul has his own story to tell and his drive, personality and communication skills will benefit many of the young people and adults involved in all of the foundation's courses and initiatives.'

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