Paul Lambert wants Norwich City to learn from their Premier League mistakes
Paul Lambert has backed his Norwich City players to cut out the basic errors undermining their Premier League run-in.
City have been punished in their last two home games by quality South American striking trio Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez, but Lambert insists lessons will be learned from facing the best in the business.
The City boss believes clinching top flight survival illustrates how well the club has adapted to the big time ahead of Saturday's final away test against Arsenal and newly-crowned footballer-of-the-year Robin van Persie.
'That's the beauty about it. As long as they learn hopefully next time they play against those type of lads they know what's coming,' said Lambert. 'I think you have to keep learning and trying to improve and do the best you can. If the team do that, they're young enough.
'They're disappointed at losing games, but you've also got to remember what's happened here. I can't get too critical. We try to give them the belief to go and do it and to be fair to them, more times than not, they've performed.'
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Lambert knows the scale of the task at the Emirates Stadium to try and avoid a fourth consecutive league defeat for the first time in his Carrow Road reign.
'Arsenal is a really easy one,' he said. 'But something we can enjoy. I won't go there with any fear and its something I'd rather have than not. I'd rather go to Arsenal than where I was two years ago.
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'I don't think I'd lost three in a row so it is not too bad to have gone this length of time. We have two massive games to get through and that's what we'll try and do.'
Lambert reiterated after Liverpool's recent win how tough it will be to repeat the success of their debut campaign, but the City chief rejects the popular notion of 'second season syndrome' difficulties.
'I don't know about that, because I've never been involved in it,' he said. 'Somebody told me the Championship would be really tough as well, so I'm not really one to worry about it. I just take it as it comes. You have to keep moving forward. Every club in football, when you get a new season, needs new players, not just Norwich. I'm sure every team will add to their squad.
'We have that hunger and I don't think that's just because they're young players. Hopefully they'll always be that way. They've done great for me, the lads, they really have and you have to maintain it if you want to do anything in football – keep your desire to succeed. I've got to live or die by my decisions and the team I've got, I've got a lot of belief in. We need new players coming in but that's normal.'