Norwich City in full Focus

The national TV spotlight will be on Norwich City once again at the weekend – with the show host already a big admirer of Paul Lambert's newly-promoted team.

BBC One programme Football Focus will be broadcast live from Carrow Road before Saturday's Premier League game between the Canaries and Swansea City.

And presenter Dan Walker, bringing the lunchtime show to Norwich for the first time, believes City have made a big impact on the top flight in the opening weeks of the season.

'Norwich have surprised people with the way they have gone about things and so many people have been impressed,' he said. 'We spoke to Danny Higginbotham of Stoke and he was saying what a good side they thought Norwich were when they played them.

'Now they've beaten Bolton and Sunderland – and I think a lot of clubs will play Manchester United differently because of how Norwich played at Old Trafford. It was a very bold approach. They went for it and the score was an unfair reflection of the game because they had something like 13 chances.

'They have won back to back games and putting a little string of results together is important. That's what teams who have been in the Premier League a long time are able to do.'

Walker became Football Focus presenter in 2009, following in the footsteps of men such as Bob Wilson and Gary Lineker. The show has a weekly audience of about two million.

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'I grew up watching Football Focus and it's a privilege to work on the show with people I used to watch and admire like Lee Dixon, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen,' he said.

Ex-Canaries Iwan Roberts and Jeremy Goss will be among Saturday's studio guests, with John Roder later providing commentary for Match of the Day.

'We've taken the show on the road about 15 times but this is the first time we've been to Norwich, in fact our first time in East Anglia,' said Walker.

'It goes down very well when we are on the road because we can give more of a focus to the club we are at, and Norwich have opened the doors for us.

'The Premier League needs clubs like Norwich, who have been a bit starved of success. The fans are great, the club has a good history and the supporters are very knowledgeable and vociferous - I remember what the noise is like at Carrow Road from being there when Darren Huckerby was charging up the wing.'

Walker is also well aware of the Canaries' remarkable revival over the past two years.

'I remember that we were doing Final Score the day they were beaten 7-1 by Colchester and we were thinking what an awful season this was going to be for Norwich, but in came Paul Lambert and it all changed,' he said.

'The manager is crucial to everything they have achieved. We spoke to Grant Holt a few weeks ago and he paid tribute to Paul Lambert. He doesn't particularly enjoy the media spotlight but you can't argue with what he's done with two promotions. I'd love to see Norwich stay in the Premier League and with the way they play and the managers they have, there is a good chance all three promoted teams could stay up. There are some poor sides below them at the moment.'

For his own part, Walker supports Football League newcomers Crawley, his home town club.

'I watched them when I was six or seven years old and they were in the Southern League, so it's great to see the team in League football. I think they have the makings of a good League One club,' he said.

Football Focus is on BBC One on Saturday, 12.15pm