Norwich City boss Paul Lambert prepares for first trip to Burnley

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has no worries about making his first trip to Burnley – four weeks after the Lancashire club tried to recruit him as manager.

The Canaries refused the Clarets' request to talk to Lambert about their managerial vacancy, since filled by Eddie Howe from Bournemouth.

The two clubs meet in Saturday's Championship match at Turf Moor (3pm), but the City boss dead-batted questions about whether he may get an unfriendly welcome from the home crowd.

'What sort of reception? I've never been there before. I've not done anything wrong. What have I done?' he said.

'It's not about me going back there. They've got Eddie there and he's doing fine.

'I'm quite sure they're a really fine club and they've got a good manager there and it's a tough, tough game for us.

'They've just come down from the Premier League but we're playing well so we'll go there and try to win it.'

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Andrew Crofts' injury-time equaliser earned City a point from a 2-2 draw when the two sides met at Carrow Road in November, after Burnley led at the interval through two Martin Paterson goals.

'They're a really, really good side. They were beating us 2-0 here at half-time before we turned it around,' said Lambert.

'They played very well in the first half but in the second half we were the better side and could have won it at the death.'

Lambert and Howe have conducted brief business before when defender Rhoys Wiggins moved from Norwich to Bournemouth.

'I just had dealings with Eddie with Rhoys going to Bournemouth,' he said. 'It's great for him to be a manager at 33. I hope he does well because he seems like a nice guy but in this job you can age about 10 years in two months.'

Full-back Adam Drury, who missed Tuesday's 2-1 win over Millwall, is fit for selection for City tomorrow after a thigh injury and a heavy cold.

'Adam's OK. It was a head cold he had but he seems fine,' said Lambert.

The City boss also revealed that midfielder Andrew Surman was set for his first competitive match since November.

Surman, who has made just six senior appearances since his summer move from Wolves after suffering two separate knee injuries, will play in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Dereham Town at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

'Andrew will play on Tuesday night. It's just a shame he's missed a good bit of the season but I hope this time with a bit of luck he'll be OK. He's a top, top player,' said Lambert.

Surman's return will almost clear up City's injury list, which at one stage left them without half a dozen senior players, though goalkeeper Declan Rudd is still sidelined.

'The injuries were happening to key players – the ones who had played most games for me,' said Lambert.

City have won only once in 18 visits to Turf Moor in all competitions – a 5-3 victory seven years ago en route to the Nationwide League Division One title.