Norwich City’s Simon Lappin focuses on the bigger picture
Any Norwich supporters starting to cast a nervous glance or two over their shoulder should spend some time in Simon Lappin's company.
City's winless run since beating Swansea in mid-February may have quickened the odd pulse, but Lappin's presence is a reminder of the very darkest days.
The Scot has gone from a discarded part of Glenn Roeder's regime to a key component of Paul Lambert's League One title winners. Lappin's Norwich career has spanned the depths of Championship relegation to the club's euphoric top flight return after a six-year absence.
A healthy sense of perspective enables him to handle a limited Premier League career so far that covers just a 66-minute cameo in the 2-1 win against QPR at Loftus Road that rang in 2012.
'It's frustrating but it's part of the game. You just need to bide your time,' said Lappin. 'I've certainly been in worse situations than the one I'm in, not playing, but you just have that hope you're going to be called upon and you need to make sure you're right when you are, whenever that's going to be. I hope I can play a part before the end of the season. I'm no different to anybody else, I want to play every game as well, but the manager's been absolutely fantastic with me. He's told me to bide my time. In the QPR game I was called upon and whenever you're called upon, you need to make sure you're ready to step in. There is no point in sulking. You've just got to get on with it and when you're asked to play make sure you give it your all, and make sure you do a job.'
Lappin's rounded world view comes in handy when assessing Norwich's current rate of Premier League progress.
'I think people tend to lose sight of it a bit – that we came from League One - but it's us that's created that expectancy level from where we came from in such a short space of time,' said Lappin. 'It's not as if we've lost 10 games in a row – it's nothing like that. We've not had the results we'd like. I wouldn't say it's a really bad run. We came out with a draw against Wigan and we should have got something out of the game last week, but at this level any point is massive. Even last year or the season before, nobody's going to turn up and let you win. You have to earn the right first and it will be the same (against Wolves). Especially at this level, there's never going to be an easy game. We know how difficult it's going to be.'
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City have a 14-point advantage over the men from the Black Country ahead of Saturday's Carrow Road test. Lappin insists that should not lessen the urgency for a Premier League victory.
'Even at this stage it's a case of getting as many points on the board as we can and seeing where it takes us from there,' he said. 'I don't think anybody will take it for granted we're safe. Confidence is still high. It's not been dented, despite the results.
'I think we knew at the start of the season we were going to have games we were not going to win, but the confidence remains high and we'll take that into this game. It's going to be another tough one like every other games this season. But I hope we can get the job done and get the three points.'