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Change of City boss works in Cureton's favour

PUBLISHED: 07:45 29 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:46 06 July 2010

Jamie Cureton may have benefited from the 'new manager syndrome' at Carrow Road.

The veteran striker - 34 years old yesterday - started his first game in almost six months when he partnered Grant Holt against Wycombe a week ago.

Jamie Cureton may have benefited from the “new manager syndrome” at Carrow Road.

The veteran striker - 34 years old yesterday - started his first game in almost six months when he partnered Grant Holt against Wycombe a week ago.

Holt took all the plaudits with a brace of goals that helped City to a 5-2 victory, but manager Paul Lambert was impressed by Cureton, a player he tried to sign earlier this year while he was at Colchester.

The mystery to Lambert was where Cureton had disappeared to for the final three months of the season.

“I just think if you have a goalscorer at the football club who is a proven goalscorer something, somewhere has happened with him previously and I just thought putting him in, his name and his reputation would go before him,” said Lambert.

“I think Jamie told me his last game was 16 games ago, which is awful lot, nearly three months of not playing, which is a big chunk of your footballing calendar not to play, so I threw him back in and I thought him and Grant Holt were great.

“I don't know the lad from anybody else, but in the short space of time I've been here he's been great.

“It could be the new manager syndrome.”

It was lack of finances which prevented Lambert taking Cureton back to Colchester earlier this year.

“We could never afford him,” he said. “We tried on loan last January and we couldn't get it done. There were names we were going through at the start of this season - Jamie and Kevin Lisbie and people like that and Colchester got Kevin, who only had a short time but was excellent. Him and Cureton we were very close, very close.”

While Cureton may be high up in Lambert's thinking, Holt is a certain starter - and likely to wear the captain's armband again.

“It doesn't really matter to me who's captain,” he said. “If you are good enough and you are performing I will give it to anybody and at the minute Grant Holt has been absolutely huge for this football club - and he's a good lad about the place, which is important, and he has taken it on.”


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