Paul Lambert happy with Norwich City’s Gorleston work out
Paul Lambert was happy after his Norwich City side began their Premier League preparations with a 7-0 pre-season friendly win at Ridgeons League First Division champions Gorleston.
Five of Lamber's six summer signings were handed their first action in a City shirt, among 26 players given a run out during an understandably one-sided encounter at Emerald Park on Saturday.
'It's a different standard,' said Lambert, 'It's for us to get fit and a touch of the ball and get the lads playing a little bit, and now we go to Germany and we will work hard over there. It's about trying to get fit for that first game.
'Listen, any game of football you try and play you try to win, that's first and foremost. Gorleston have a terrific set-up here and did terrifically well last season to get out of their league.
'For us, it's preparation for what lies ahead.'
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Grant Holt's brace – his second from the penalty spot – plus goals from Zak Whitbread, Korey Smith and Simeon Jackson made it 5-0 at the interval, before Bradley Johnson's fine strike and Aaron Wilbraham rounded things off nicely.
The game came too soon for Lambert's sixth new signing, Anthony Pilkington, who is still regaining full fitness from a broken ankle sustained at Huddersfield last season.
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Veteran left-back Adam Drury was out with a minor knee injury but will travel to Germany for their pre-season training camp, along with Simon Lappin, who has just become a father.
Cody McDonald, Stephen Hughes, Steven Smith, Oli Johnson and Owain Tudur Jones all missed out on being involved.
As for the Greens, unable to muster a shot in anger on a gloomy afternoon on the coast, boss Richard Daniels was pleased with both his side's work rate and the occasion.
He said: 'It's been a cracking day for the club. The weather hasn't helped – I think a few more could have come if the weather wasn't as bad as it was – but it has been a massive work out for our boys, if chasing shadows as I said before.'