Paul Lambert targets a final Premier League push for Norwich City
Paul Lambert insists there is no danger of Norwich City easing off, with the club on the brink of confirming their Premier League survival.
City's impressive top flight baptism has carried them well clear of the relegation scrap, but the Canaries can guarantee safety this weekend at struggling Blackburn.
Lambert, however, has ruled out any relaxed approach to the run-in as he looks towards next season's attempt to try and repeat their debut success.
'I don't think in any game you can just turn up and ease off. The games are too big and too many come along to watch you,' he said. 'It is not the way I am brought up to sit there and think everything is done and dusted.
'I want to win every game I play in and hopefully the lads will be the exact same thing. Momentum only takes you so far and once one season has gone you have to let it go. You can't bask in past glories as such. You have to keep it going.
'You also want to keep going the other way - you want to strive for more and to be as successful as you can to earn anything in football. The lads have done that in the years I have been here and every year has been a constant progression.'
City's 6-1 reverse to title-chasing Manchester City on Saturday was a stark reminder what it takes to compete with the big boys – a fact recognised by the home support at the final whistle.
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'The fans gave us an ovation and they were brilliant,' said Lambert. 'I think they saw that for 70-odd minutes we were in the game and they also appreciated the effort we put in at Tottenham. You just pick yourselves up and go again.
'You can't switch off when you're at that level; it's an impossibility. The game is that quick that when you play against teams such as that, they can hurt you at any moment. We'll learn from it and sometimes when you get a knock its how you come back from it. The lads will be fine.'
The Canaries' failure to pick up the point they needed for survival also kept discussions over the futures of key personnel firmly on the back burner. Lambert has a core of senior players out-of-contract in the summer who could theoretically leave.
'Mathematically, Norwich is still not safe. That is the reality of it,' he said. 'I have to get safe first. Then we'll see what happens here. Come a few weeks time we'll decide. The games are too big to deflect attention away from anything other than us trying to win as many as we can.
'I think once the season is finished then I'll look at it and see what road we go down, but we have too many big games from now until the end.'