Norwich City boss Lambert targets New Year push

Paul Lambert believes the harsh winter months will shape Norwich's Premier League destiny.

Lambert has sought advice from those in know to try and ensure the Canaries last the course and distance this season. City have so far adapted well to the rigours of the top flight following back-to-back promotions under Lambert's guidance, with the latest stirring comeback against Blackburn maintaining their upward progress.

'We've had a good start but we're a quarter of the way into the season and there's a long way to go. I'm taking nothing for granted,' he said. 'I'll end up getting hurt if I start to think that way.

'But I've spoken to many people with vast knowledge of the Premier League and they told me that January and February are testing months for the squad.

'That's why it's important we try to strengthen the squad. The next transfer window will be key. We must freshen up and bring in reinforcements. But the way my men have performed has made me optimistic about our chances in the Premier League.

'We had two consecutive promotions as League One champions then as runners up last season in the Championship. This campaign is all about survival. If we stay up it will surpass the lot. That's our main objective.'

Lambert and his coaching team have been praised for their willingness to give youth a chance on the biggest stage. The City boss – interviewed in Scotland's Sunday Mail - believes results have vindicated his recruitment policy.

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'These are boys on their way up, wanting to be successful and maybe prove a point to themselves and others,' he said. 'I could have gone for experienced players - household names, if you like - but I prefer hungry players who want to kick on rather than sit back.

'Don't forget, they also have ability and can play. They have bonded brilliantly and give every last ounce on the pitch. I couldn't ask for more from them. My assistant boss Ian Culverhouse has a real eye for a player. If he reckons we should go for someone then I will back his judgement 100 per cent.

'We've brought in guys we worked with at Colchester or Wycombe and others who have caught the eye in games. The fans appreciate the determination, energy and skill of the players. Carrow Road has been jam-packed and rocking at every home game.

'We don't have enough seats in the stadium to cope with demand. We're having to turn fans away.'

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