Norwich manager Paul Lambert praised his players after they hammered npower Championship strugglers Scunthorpe 6-0 and boosted their own promotion hopes.

Grant Holt scored a hat-trick and Simeon Jackson also hit three as the Canaries ran riot at Carrow Road, moving four points clear in second place in the process.

Lambert said: "I thought the players were excellent. Right from the off they were outstanding and the tempo of their play was great."

He added: "To be fair they have been brilliant for me ever since I have been here. The turnaround has been massive and they deserve everything that comes their way.

"The new lads coming in (Sam Vokes and Dani Pacheco) gave us a lift and I couldn't have asked for any more from them.

"Someone said recently that we are a team without any big names, well I tell you something the lads are starting to make a name for themselves now.

"There's still miles to go yet and there are a lot of tough games to come. But I'll enjoy the ride with the rest of the lads and whatever happens will happen."

Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill took charge of his players for the first time since switching from Bury.

He said: "It's the first time I've ever conceded six as a manager and the good news is I've got QPR next! There wasn't much to enjoy here apart from managing a side at a great stadium and watching all the good play of the opposition players.

"I knew what I was coming into when I took the job. I've only been here a couple of days but as soon as I saw the lads in training I knew there was a lot of work to do and this has just confirmed it."

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