Meteoric Morison is tipped to fly higher
Paul Lambert insists the best is yet to come from Steve Morison after his marauding display tilted a pulsating Premier League duel in Norwich City's favour.
The bustling striker was denied a fourth goal in four top flight games, but dominated QPR's shaky centre back pairing Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon during the opening period. Morison remained a willing out ball with City under the cosh at times in the second half and was involved in the decisive match-winning strike slotted by Grant Holt from Wes Hoolahan's centre.
Lambert believes it is easy to forget how meteoric Morison's rise is after plying his trade in non league only a few years earlier.
'I think he is getting better with every passing game,' he said. 'For someone who has just come out of non league two years ago or whatever it was it has been a huge rise in his own career. He has a long way to go but he is doing really well. I think the thing is it's his work rate that is deceptive. When the ball is played up to him he is a handful the lad. It's a brilliant story for him. The way Morison has been playing now he has been excellent for a number of weeks.'
The 28-year-old's form has had a direct impact on Holt's own game time, but Lambert hailed the club captain after his stunning impact alongside another second half arrival Hoolahan.
'Grant has never let his head drop,' he said. 'He has been excellent for me and a huge player in the two seasons from League One and the Championship and he has been huge this year. I can't pick everybody all the time. He has responded in the right way. It's my prerogative to pick a side to win a game and Grant has been brilliant for me. It's just the system I have picked at the minute. Morison is playing ever so well but Grant has never let his head drop which is great. The hardest job in the world is to pick a team and I have to try and keep everybody happy. If they do that we'll be alright. At this minute in time we are really strong. Everyone knows how high in esteem we hold Wes and Grant and they will be pivotal to this club staying up. I don't expect players to walk about with their head on the floor.'
Lambert was under no illusions at the scale of securing three points against their fellow promoted rivals.
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'It's a massive win for us, no two ways about that,' he said. 'We were at home and as I've said in the past the onus is always on the home team to make the running. We started really brightly but you see how well QPR did up at Stoke last week and not many teams beat them so it was a big, big win. To be fair QPR, when they scored the goal, put us on the back foot for ten, 15 minutes but after that I thought we re-grouped and we deserved to win the game. I thought overall we were the better side. I think it's like anything - especially at this level when you have a goal against you it gives the other team a belief and they came at us. QPR put us on the back foot, but they are a really good side. You can see that with the players they have got and the way they are going.'
Lambert's men now have the daunting task of trying to halt league leaders Manchester City on away soil – but there will be no white flag raising from the Canaries' boss.
'There is no point looking at it that way, otherwise you might as well give the top six teams the points,' he said. 'I think every point you can get you treat as a prisoner. It's vital but I just don't want to be part of a team who takes care of those in and around you. You also have to do everything you can to try and beat the bigger sides or else there is no point being in the league. On any given day you might be able to give them a game but over the course of the season they are going to be up there. That's why the top six are as good as they are.'