Paul Lambert returns to Norwich City with a resurgent Wolves

Paul Lambert returns to Norwich City with Wolves. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Paul Lambert returns to Norwich City with Wolves. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Paul Lambert insists Wolves are on the rise as he prepares for a Championship reunion with Norwich City.

The former Canaries' chief has guided the Molineux club to only one defeat in the last six games ahead of this weekend's trip to Carrow Road. Wolves remain in the lower reaches, 13 points behind the play-off spots, but Lambert is setting his improving squad no targets.

'I love watching them because they're exciting,' he said. 'We might not win every game but I love watching them play. I think the supporters are the same and the feeling between the two is really important, as I've said. There are a lot of games to go. I don't know what's around the corner – it's a cliché but we take one game at a time. At this moment they're in a good place, defensively and offensively. Allied with the spirit they've got with each other and how close they seem to be and the supporters it's an accumulation of everything and a multitude of things that are going really well for us.'

Lambert replaced Walter Zenga in November after a four-month exile from the game following his departure from Blackburn Rovers last summer. The Scot also struggled at Aston Villa in a three-year stint but guided the Canaries to a double promotion and Premier League safety in a successful spell at Carrow Road before opting to move to Villa Park in 2012. Lambert is under no illusions he must emulate his achievements at Norwich with ambitious Wolves.

'I know the long term project and the long term targets,' he told Wolves' official site. 'In the short-term it's about getting as far up as we can. Whether that's the play-offs (we'll see), but as long as it's viable then we'll 100pc go for it and finish as high as we can. People have got to remember the way the season started, new owners, losing a manager, a new manager comes in and then he goes. There's been a wee bit of turnover.


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'Fans are thinking 'what's going on' and there's been uncertainty, so we're catching that up now. We're probably behind the eight ball for a few months. Maybe now we're starting to get something that we think can be really good, but it's just a small step up so far.'

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