Football

Norwich new boys impress the gaffer

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Paul Lambert singled out Anthony Pilkington and goalscorer Ritchie De Laet for praise after his Norwich City side drew with Real Zaragoza in their penultimate first team pre-season friendly, with Parma coming up on Saturday.

Manchester United loanee De Laet opened the scoring for the Canaries inside 15 minutes, only for Braulio to equalise just before half time.

The match was close to being called off after lightning took out two sets of floodlights, but the match resumed after ten minutes and, after battling to a draw, Lambert expressed his delight in the performance of two of his summer recruits.

Lambert said: "I thought Pilkington lifted the game when he came on, he looked very good and that is a big bonus for us having him coming back.

"He has worked really hard with the fitness lads here, I can't rush him back after the injury he had, but he is doing very well at the minute."

On De Laet, who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, the Scot said: "He's very quick Ritchie. We've got to remember he is very young, but we'll see how he does throughout the season. I don't think he's afraid to go in where it hurts, but friendlies I never read too much into."




 

Zaragoza finished 13th in La Liga last season, and provided a solid test for Lambert’s newly-promoted side, one that has undergone wholesale changes this summer.

"It's a different game," Lambert added. "They sit off and press you in different areas to what a British team would, so it's a different game of football.

"I don't think the game was at full speed or at full power really because of the nature of the friendly. The good thing is that hopefully nobody is injured.

"The main concern is that everyone is okay, we'll try and get Saturday out the way and that's us in it for real."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Norwich City
Football
Premier League

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again