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Holt tells Norwich City to ignore bright lights

PUBLISHED: 13:09 14 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 06 July 2010

It's lights, camera, action tonight as the Canaries' clash at stadium:mk is shown around the country - but Grant Holt's advice is to ignore the audience and act natural.

It's lights, camera, action tonight as the Canaries' clash at stadium:mk is shown around the country - but Grant Holt's advice is to ignore the audience and act natural.

Holt is an old hand at these things, but admits that for some of City's younger players, the national exposure could prove to be a little distracting.

"I would think so - obviously people say it won't but it does add that little bit extra," he said. "You've got more people watching you than normal, but you just have to forget about it really. You've got to play the game and not play the occasion, as people say, and just go out there and do what we have learned, what we have worked on, and get the three points."

Monday night football isn't everyone's cup of tea, but for Holt it's simply business as usual.

"I'm not really bothered what night of the week it is," he said. "It's just a game of football. At the end of the day we're still there to do a job if it's a Monday, a Friday or a Saturday, so we just have to focus on the game like we normally do and forget about the TV cameras and just play the game. Don't do anything different than what we know, really."

Holt doesn't expect much in the way of ad-libbing from MK Dons tonight, or Saturday's visitors Charlton, two games that provide City with their biggest test of the new season.

"I think what happens is it becomes not predictable but you know what you're going to get, the good players and the quality and you know what they are going to do - and they are going to consistently do it," he said.

"They don't really do things off the cuff and hopefully that will suit us.

"They are expected to be up there and I'm sure with the players they have got there they will be. It is up to us to go and play these teams and show how good we can be and not worry about anybody else.

Holt says there has been one advantage of the move to Monday - a longer break to prepare.

"I hope we have taken the opportunity this week to work hard and work on a few bits and bobs," he said. "We've had a couple of days off to get the legs back. It's been a tough few weeks with the manager changing, coming in and putting his own plans across.

"We've been working out on the training ground and obviously we have had a lot of games as well. A couple of days have probably done us the world of good I think.

"Obviously you always know the first month you get a lot of games and we didn't plan what happened with the previous manager, but that's life - a new manager has come in and he's worked hard and put us through our paces to get what he wants and I think everyone can see it's working."

Holt believes Lambert's insistence on lifting fitness levels and confirming a "shape" is working.

"This week we have worked hard and not just on doing defensive work and attacking work, but on the physical side of things," he said.

"The lads are fit, he just wants them a bit fitter and I'm sure we will get to that level that he's after and it can only help us.

"Obviously it is always hard when you've got a talented squad, which we've got here, but you have got to look at the players who are around you and even in training we are learning what different people, do what little traits they have got and as a squad I think we're getting better as a whole."

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