Norwich City boss Lambert - Players were hurt by Sunderland surrender in the Premier League
Paul Lambert admitted his Norwich players are still hurting from the midweek Premier League defeat at Sunderland and determined to hit back against Bolton on Saturday at Carrow Road.
The City chief insisted a 3-0 reverse at the Stadium of Light was totally out of character for his squad this campaign - but Lambert believes the motivation will come from within ahead of the Trotters' visit.
'I've never once had a problem tying to lift them again. I think they are hurt, everybody is hurting because we just never turned up on that night,' he said. 'We never gave them a game - which is so unlike us. We're sitting mid-table and no-one would have given us an earthly of being in that position. I thought Wednesday night we just never got going. I don't have to do a major overhaul or anything like that. I have no worries about the lads going again. They know themselves they let everybody down and ourselves down. It was a game we thought we could go up there and win but to be fair to Sunderland they were much better than us on that night. We pick ourselves up and go again.
'Honestly, I'm not going to let one defeat weigh me down. I never have done. We hadn't been beat until Tottenham back in December. Listen, its gone. There is no point in worrying about it. I don't lose sleep over it. Yeah, you mull over it when the game is finished and you are back down the road but its like a win, I let it go as quick as anything and the lads will come out as strong as anything tomorrow. We're at home and we'll give it a go.'
Lambert confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns from the trip to the north-east but left-back Marc Tierney will again miss out after suffering a reaction to his recent groin injury.