Lappin's loving every minute
PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:51 06 July 2010
Simon Lappin is revelling in his Norwich City revival - but insists he won't rest on his laurels. Having been consigned to the Canaries scrapheap for a morale-sapping 16 months, Lappin is finally being rewarded for his patience - and has returned the favour with a string top-drawer performances.
Simon Lappin is revelling in his Norwich City revival - but insists he won't rest on his laurels.
Having been consigned to the Canaries scrapheap for a morale-sapping 16 months, Lappin is finally being rewarded for his patience - and has returned the favour with a string top-drawer performances.
It culminated in him leading the team out as skipper for Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Brentford - a scenario that even he said he would have laughed at a year ago.
But while the 26-year-old has dragged himself up from the depths, when he was farmed out on loan and then forced to train with the youth team, he is refusing to allow his career to stand still.
“Obviously it has been a long time coming for myself to get back in the team, but I'm just enjoying it for the moment,” he said.
“I'm loving every minute and playing the games - you train all week for it and there's nothing worse than training all week and on the Saturday you're not playing.
“It's had its ups and downs, but I am enjoying it at the moment. I'm loving it and long may it continue, but I'm just keeping my head down and working hard because I know how things can change in football and you can't be complacent - I will just continue to work hard.”
Lappin took the armband in the absence of Grant Holt, who was rested - another sign of his “rehabilitation”.
“It is always a huge honour when you are given the captain's armband,” he said. “I'm absolutely delighted to lead the team out. The most important thing was to get into the next round and we managed to do that, so it's heads down again, start working hard again towards Saturday and the game against Walsall.”
Lappin has played left midfield and, as he did against Brentford, left back, and says he can see the change in a City side which started the season so poorly - successive clean sheets proof of the improvement.
“It comes from the front - you have to defend as a team from the front right through the team to the back and the last line is the goalkeeper and we have done that brilliantly in the last couple of games and if you can keep a clean sheet in games you've got a good chance of nicking and goal and you can do well,” he said. “We will keep working hard at it - it doesn't just come overnight, it's going to take time, but it's going well now and we need to work hard at it.
“Obviously winning games breeds confidence - that's the only way you can get confidence. I know we were beaten by Sunderland last week, but we managed to put that behind us with a great result at Hartlepool, which is a tough place to go, I think teams will find it difficult there this year.
“It's going well at the moment, but we can't afford to be complacent - we need to keep working hard on the training ground.”
That work comes under the watchful eye of manager Paul Lambert - a player Lappin knew plenty about before he moved to Carrow Road a little over a fortnight ago.
“I grew up as a Celtic fan and watched the side the manager played in,” he said. “I managed to get to some of the European games as well - he never gave the ball away.
“My mates have asked me to get his autograph, but I'm not going to go and ask the manager for his autograph.”