Special fans give us edge – Lambert

City boss Paul Lambert says there is a unique relationship between fans and players at Carrow Road.

Almost 3,000 supporters made the trip to Crystal Palace at the weekend, and the average home attendance of 25,227 is bettered only by Leeds and Derby.

In return, they have a team that has taken the Championship by storm, climbing to second in the table and exceeding all expectations.

The deal, says Lambert, is a mutual one.

'It's incredible, frightening really when you look at the mileage they do to follow us,' he said. 'If you took the Norwich City crowd out of the total at Crystal Palace on Saturday it would be sparse.

'That is what drives the lads on – no two ways about it. There have been games we have lost, especially at Carrow Road, and they have got a standing ovation. There are not many times you get that. It's a unique bond.

'Sheffield United was a stop-start first half, but shooting down towards our own end it's amazing what it does.'

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However, Lambert urged City fans not to take anything for granted.

'All of a sudden it turns really, really quickly and you forget what happened before,' he said. 'That is why you should never take anything for granted in football. Because the club is on a crest of a wave at the minute everybody has forgotten what happened before.

'It takes time, but the way it has happened at the minute it has just kept on going and going and going and everybody has forgotten what has happened.

'That's the problem this club has got at the minute – the expectancy level is just going through the roof, which is wrong, because we have put ourselves in a position where we are doing really fine and the lads have made it exciting.'

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