Plenty of attacking options at Lambert’s disposal

Manager Paul Lambert should be blessed with a surfeit of attacking options when Norwich City resume their Championship promotion challenge on Saturday.

The Canaries face relegation-threatened Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road (3pm) after a fortnight's break, knowing that victory will take them to the 70-point mark and keep them in second place in the table with seven games to go.

Lambert has varied his combination up front in the past three matches with skipper Grant Holt supported by Aaron Wilbraham in the 3-2 win at Leicester – before Wilbraham was sidelined with a back injury – then Simeon Jackson in the 3-1 win over Bristol City and Wes Hoolahan in the 1-1 draw at Hull.

And the City boss has two new faces to add to his attacking mix against the Iron after the capture of on-loan pair Sam Vokes, from Wolves, and Spain Under-21 international Dani Pacheco, from Liverpool, for the rest of the season.

Despite Aaron Wilbraham being ruled out for the rest of the season following a back operation and Chris Martin still unavailable through injury, the manager should have plenty of firepower to unleash on a Scunthorpe side second from bottom and beaten in their last eight away games, but under new management following Thursday's appointment of Alan Knill as their new boss.


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Knill and his Bury management team of assistant Chris Brass and goalkeeping coach Neil Cutler have left Gigg Lane to take charge of Scunthorpe's survival bid. The appointment was hailed as bringing much-needed stability to the club by central defender Michael Nelson, as he prepared to face his former City team-mates.

'I think the general feeling among the lads has been one of keenness to get somebody in on a permanent basis,' Nelson told Scunthorpe's official website.

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'It's very difficult for us as players coming in and not knowing whether there will be manager at the training ground or not.

'But there's not much we can do about that. The time it has taken has been purely and simply down to the club making sure that they appointed the right man. Now they have done that and it's now down to us to ensure that the fans see an improvement in performances.'

Knill spent four years of his playing career with Scunthorpe between 1993 and 1997, but Bury were very reluctant to part with their manager as they push for promotion from League Two.

'The club have reluctantly agreed a compensation package with Scunthorpe United for Alan to take over the manager's role with immediate effect,' said a statement from Bury.

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