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Lambert shuns credit

PUBLISHED: 10:34 12 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 06 July 2010

Wes Hoolahan celebrates wiyj a wave of his newly-acquired shinpad after the team forgot to pack any for their trip to Carlisle. Picture: Jed Wee

Wes Hoolahan celebrates wiyj a wave of his newly-acquired shinpad after the team forgot to pack any for their trip to Carlisle. Picture: Jed Wee

Paul Lambert insists the transformation in City's fortunes is down to the players - not him.

The Canaries are in the top six after a run of five league games unbeaten, but the manager is refusing to accept much of the credit.

Paul Lambert insists the transformation in City's fortunes is down to the players - not him.

The Canaries are in the top six after a run of five league games unbeaten, but the manager is refusing to accept much of the credit.

"It's probably for other people to see and what they think, but for me it is an honour to be here," said Lambert. "It's not me that has made the impact - the players have turned it around.

"And the fans, they're incredible. Teams raise their game against us, you've got all that to compete with when you are a big name - but it's the players who have turned it around.

"I think what we have done is raise the spirits at the club and we will take one game at a time.

"There is a long, long way to go but we have risen pretty quickly and we are giving something

back to the people who come and watch us."

City showed another facet to their game after the free-scoring exploits of recent weeks.

"It was totally different from the free-flowing football that you lads want, but I'm absolutely delighted with what they're doing," Lambert added. "Carlisle are a good side, it's a really hard place to come - really, really tough.

"I thought we were excellent. To see the game through I am absolutely delighted with them.

"One thing is for sure - they have got character in abundance, that's what they've got.

"In some games we've had incredible things happen to us - at Gillingham we went down to 10 men, lost Jon Otsemobor in the same game, put Declan Rudd (in goal) and then scored in the last minute.

"At Charlton we also scored in the last minute.

"There have been games where we have stuck right at it and there have been games where we have played extraordinary football."

City's win sends another message to the promotion wannabes, but Lambert isn't looking too far ahead.

"I never set targets - all I think is to try and give the club something back for what it has been through," he said. "The way the club was we just had to come in and try and give it a little bit of stability.

"It lost its manager, there was the fans running on to the pitch and getting beaten by Colchester.

"All those things going wrong at the one time was a lot for a club to take on."

Lambert has given Wes Hoolahan a new lease of life, just when it looked like the little midfielder had no part in his plans - and the reward came again on Saturday when he scored his fifth goal of the season. Hoolahan had a knock on his foot, which forced him out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Gillingham in midweek, while Lambert admitted there were others who weren't quite 100pc fit.

"They were as fit as they could be," he said.

"I don't think you are ever going to play the game 100pc fit, but I couldn't play them against Gillingham. Today we took certain risks with some of them but they came through it fine."

Adam Drury just made it after flying in from Norwich, where his wife gave birth to a girl on Friday night, although he showed few signs of wear and tear.

"That speaks volumes for him," added Lambert. "He has been terrific for me since I've been here and it was a big plus.

"Then there was young George (Francomb) coming in again when Jon (Otsemobor) pulled out the other day in training. He looked tired, but having been thrown into an environment like this, he was great. The whole team collectively as a group were excellent."

If there was perhaps a downside to the day it was that the game should have been won long before the final whistle. But there were few complaints from anyone of a green and yellow persuasion.

"We had a few chances and on another given day they could have gone in," said Lambert.

"But the players have been a credit to the football club

"For me, 1-0 is probably the greatest result in the world."

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