Norwich exit still sour topic to Lambert

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits there will be no hand-shaking with the Norwich hierarchy when he returns to the club he left last year.

Paul Lambert

The Scot still refuses to disclose the details of his sour fall-out with the East Anglian club which surrounded his move to Villa in the summer of 2012.

However, Lambert does not conceal the bitterness which remains and shows no sign of abating.

Asked whether enough time had passed for the row to be forgotten and all parties to shake hands in the boardroom, he said: "No. There will be none of that.

"But the fans have always been good with me. There's no animosity. As I said, it's gone.

"I don't have anything to prove. The Norwich thing is finished. It's gone. The two times I've been back the majority of the crowd have been really good with me.

"Whether it's Norwich or anyone else we're playing, we've got to try to bounce back."

He added: "I had three great years at Norwich. The fans were great, the lads who played for me were great and I had nothing but good memories there. But what happened after that, happened."

The sides meet in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off and Lambert is eager to see an improvement on last weekend's home defeat by Newcastle.

"We don't play any other way than trying to win," he said.

"We'll go down there with a great following and if the fans are anything like they were the last time we went there then it'll make it a good atmosphere.

"We had two great wins there last season and we'll try to win again. We know we've got a good record there.

"Norwich have got some new players there who I don't know. One or two are still there that I worked with but it's a new team that they've got. It'll be a difficult game but we can go there and win."

Villa performed well in their opening three matches - a win at Arsenal and narrow defeats by Chelsea and Liverpool - but the Newcastle result made it three losses in a row.

"If we can keep the form we showed in the first three games then I'm not going to be all doom and gloom after one game," Lambert said.

"It's gone. We didn't play as well as we had to and while we don't dwell too much on it when we win, we certainly don't dwell on it if we lose.

"I don't come in on a Monday morning and the place is doom and gloom. You can't work like that. You've got to get them back up and get them going again.

"It's only one game and you have to bounce back as quick as you can."

Lambert has a couple of unspecified injury niggles to contend with for the trip to Carrow Road and is set to deploy Ciaran Clark in the centre of defence following Jores Okore's cruciate ligament damage.



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