Lambert shows caution after draw

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Despite starting their Barclays Premier League campaign with a well fought 1-1 draw against Wigan on Saturday, Paul Lambert will not be resting on his laurels just yet, and wants the side to improve even further as the season continues.

Lambert insisted that there are still technical issues to work on over the coming weeks, though the manager believes that a desire within the squad to win does not need working on.

“It was just too open,” Lambert said. “That is perhaps the one thing I would label it. I think we’ve got to be happy with that.

“It’s not an easy place to go and I think we gave as good as we got. I’ll look at the opposition that we’re playing and adjust it accordingly.

“I think the game was just a bit too open for us at certain times and it is something we will try to eradicate, but the hunger and desire was evident."

Lambert admitted though that he is very satisfied with the direction that Norwich is moving in, with the side hoping to stay in the top-flight and avoid a relegation battle in nine months time.

He added: “I don’t get jitters with my defence. I was delighted with the effort and application because it was our first game in the Premier League, away from home, and it was new for everybody at the football club.

“We still drove on to get a winner but when you’re up against better players and better opposition, they can hurt you and I think we just have to be a bit careful not to be too gung-ho.”

Lambert drove home the point that Norwich have come a long way over the last two years, and the players are punching well above their weight at the moment, so should be given some leeway.

“You talk to me about the difference between the Championship and the Premier League – I would say £90m is the difference. That is the game,” he said.

“I think it was important we didn’t go and get heavily turned over. It will give them the belief they can compete. That is all you ask for.

“I never thought we came and looked tentative or anything like that. You have to remember two years ago we were in League One. That is the magnitude of it.

“In the cold light of day, if you had told me then that in two years time we could look forward to going to Wigan in the Premier League I would have took you away in a straightjacket.”

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