Norwich City must maintain standard

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has warned his men not to let their Premier League standards drop ahead of this weekend's trip to Liverpool.

The Canaries travel to Anfield as one of the top-flight's form sides following a third win in their last four league outings against Swansea at Carrow Road.

Lambert has already drawn parallels with City's recent spirited display at champions Man United prior to the club's latest bid to mix it with one of the game's elite.

'You look at the fixtures we face and it is really hard. You have to be bang on it to win games in this league,' he said. 'If you're not, you'll get beat and that is a testament to the lads.

'The standard at the minute is really high and the way they are playing if they can keep that going, then great.


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'We go up to Anfield next and no-one expects us to get anything. It's really the same scenario as Man United, but hopefully we'll get a performance.

'In a lot of ways the Swansea game was a lot tougher than Man United because no-one expected us to get anything at Old Trafford. Everybody thought we are just going to turn up and beat Swansea. They are a top side. Brendan (Rodgers) has got them going great and we'd had two fantastic games with them since I've been here and this one was no different.'

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City tore into the Swans at the weekend with Anthony Pilkington and Russell Martin both scoring inside the opening ten minutes in front of a record all seater Carrow Road attendance.

Pilkington sealed a deserved victory in a dominant second half for the hosts to cap another impressive display alongside fellow wide boy Elliott Bennett.

'He has come back from a horrendous injury not that long ago and come out of League One so to do what he is doing in the Premier League is a credit to himself,' said Lambert.

'Him and Bennett on the other side are a handful and they make things happen. I think in the last third of the field we try to give the lads the freedom to go and express themselves.

'I'll never criticise someone for going and trying something in that last third because I feel that is an area you have to try and create something. Pilkington, what he can deliver as a footballer with either foot is excellent. To get two goals after a horrendous leg break and what happened at Old Trafford, he'll be delighted with that.

'Really, I thought we carried on from where we left off a fortnight ago – the difference being we took our chances. The way we are playing at the minute I can't speak highly enough of them.'

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