Norwich City boss Paul Lambert happy with pre-season in Germany

Pre-season in Germany is proving a worthwhile exercise for manager Paul Lambert.

'I am happy with the way things are going,' said Lambert, as the countdown continues to the opening game of the Premier League campaign on August 13. 'The lads have worked really, really hard and I can't be more happy with the way they have worked and that's all you want - to try and work hard and try and be ready for that Wigan game.

'But that is pre-season. It's normal if you are going to work hard and get through it and they have been a credit to themselves.'

City fielded two almost completely different line-ups on Wednesday when City played an unusual game - a first half against Sparta Gottingen and a second half against RSV Gottingen. A total of 21 players featured, with Adam Drury, Aaron Wilbraham, Anthony Pilkington and Zak Whitbread sitting it out.

'At this minute we have a couple of knocks, but they are contact,' said Lambert. 'It is not any muscle injuries or anything like that, it's contact which we've picked up in training and when we've played football, but you can't do anything about that – that's the nature of the game.

'They have been training every single day, they have been training hard and they have got to play the games as well. It is not easy for them, regardless of what kind of standards they are playing against. It's pre-season and the fitness aspect is important.'

When City return at the weekend there is little time for let-up, with three away games - at Crystal Palace, Southend and Coventry - in quick succession.

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But Lambert, who has added six new faces to his squad, says the Premier League plan is coming together.

One of the first tasks has been to ensure those new boys fit in seamlessly before the opening day trip to Wigan on August 13.

'I think the new lads have integrated very well with the lads that were already here and they seem a really strong group - which we are going to need, that togetherness in the coming season,' Lambert said.