We still have miles to go, declares Norwich City boss Lambert

Norwich City are seven games from the Premier League – but that is still 'miles to go' as far as Paul Lambert is concerned.

Carrow Road was buzzing from first minute to last as the Canaries put lowly Scunthorpe United to the sword in convincing fashion.

But City's next four fixtures will be a far tougher affair – reason enough for Lambert just to enjoy the fact last season's League One champions are giving the Championship a real run for its money.

'There are miles to go, miles,' said Lambert. 'I don't look at what is going to happen in two games' time or three games' time – I know it's still a massive, massive task to do it but we are giving this one hell of a fright.

'The fans have had about four or five years of things that were going wrong here. That's the pleasing thing, when you see them coming in their thousands, especially the last two years. They have been huge for me, absolutely huge.

'And they always will be, long after I'm away from here, this club will always be the same. Nobody's bigger than the club.

'You have to generate that, you have to get people going. We have to give them something to get going, but the crowd are pivotal to this football club. They always will be, regardless of who sits in the manager's chair.'

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It was another red letter day for City as they hit United for six, with skipper Grant Holt and striker Simeon Jackson both hitting hat-tricks – despite not actually being on the pitch at the same time.

And both goalscorers have proven a point according to their manager.

'Grant's been massive for me in the time I've been here,' said Lambert. 'Making him captain certainly boosted his game.

'It's not just his goalscoring. I'm delighted for Grant because I think people were questioning if he could do it when he had been up here before (in this division) and it never went his way, so he's probably proved a lot of people wrong and proved to himself that he can do it. He's a big, big figure at this football club.

'Sometimes you are only as good as the person next to you. He's got really top players round about him here that can help him.

'No disrespect to the likes of Shrewsbury but they might not have had the same kind of player we've got at the club.

'I think he needed the move to prove to himself he could do it. I keep hearing that stuff about we've no big names, but I tell you they're making a name for themselves.

'That's why, when I lost Aaron Wilbraham, I had to go and get Sam Vokes because of the way we play the game. If we can keep it sticking up front then it's a big part of our game, so he's pivotal to that and I'm delighted with what he's done.'

But Lambert acknowledged there was even more satisfaction from Jackson's 15-minute blitz: 'He has had unfair criticism – that's my view.

'He came at a time when the three lads up front from last season were scoring goals for fun, so it didn't matter who you brought in. It was always going to be a big ask for him.

'Simeon coming and doing what he's doing, I've been delighted with him and his three goals will give him a huge lift – his hat-trick was, in a strange way, probably more pleasing than Holt's because Holt is expected by a lot of people to score goals.

'Some people were questioning Simeon but I'm absolutely delighted for him. That's what will give him the confidence. When he came on against Hull I thought he looked lively. Going away with the national team and then coming back to us, he looked really sharp and he's been great. He's a terrific pro, Simeon Jackson.'

To the surprise of most, Lambert handed on-loan Liverpool star Dani Pacheco a starting berth, partnering Holt up front – and it did not take long for the Spanish Under-21 star to show exactly why he spent so long on Barcelona's books.

The 20-year-old created City's two first-half strikes and numerous other chances before departing on 70 minutes with almost the entire 26,512 crowd on its feet.

'I thought Dani's debut was as good as I've seen; I thought he was brilliant, he lifted the crowd,' admitted Lambert. 'The hype about him was over the top. People thought he was just going to come and be like Lionel Messi, but he's only a 20-year-old kid learning the game. But I thought his performance was fantastic.'

Lambert added: 'I thought from the off we were outstanding. The tempo of the game was great, the new lads have certainly given the place a lift and the way we played was excellent.

'The lads have been brilliant. They've been incredible for what they've done. The turnaround in this football club has been massive and they deserve everything that's coming their way.'

The one cloud on a clear day for City was the sight of Wes Hoolahan limping off with a hamstring injury in the second half.

The Irishman has missed at least seven of the last eight games in his previous two seasons at Carrow Road – and City will have to wait until later this week to discover the extent of Hoolahan's latest knock.

Before the weekend Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers had declared 80 points as a realistic automatic promotion target – just 10 short of the Canaries' current tally.

However, Lambert is not interested in working out what his side may need to finish the job.

'I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow and I'm not going to lose sleep over how many points (we need),' he said.

'I'm enjoying the ride with the rest of the lads and what's going to happen is going to happen.'