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City keeping focused - Lambert

Paul Lambert maintains there will be no chance of Norwich City switching off as they close in on Premier League survival.

The Canaries head to Fulham on Saturday having chalked up 39 points following last weekend's 2-1 home win over struggling Wolves.

A fifth away victory of what has been an impressive return to the top flight would all but cement another campaign among the elite for the Norfolk club.

However, until statistics prove otherwise, Lambert will not rest easy, despite his side sitting comfortably in 11th place with eight matches left.

"I have said before that mathematically, it is not finished," the Norwich manager told a press conference.

"We have given ourselves a good lead, we are playing well. It depends on other results as well.

"I know it might be boring nonsense, but that is the way I perceive it.

"You just don't know. I have been in football long enough to know that it is the most unpredictable game in sport."

Lambert added: "It is the same it has always been - no-one gets carried away or too down when things don't go our way so I certainly don't want to try and change anybody's mood if we can help it."

Fulham have lost their last three Premier League games, against Aston Villa, Swansea and Manchester United, a match from which they could well have snatched a point had their late penalty shout been given.

Lambert, though, refuted suggestions his team would be in for an easy ride at Craven Cottage.

"It didn't look to me like their confidence had been dented from watching the Manchester United game and looking at how well they played up there," said Lambert, who will be without suspended leading scorer Grant Holt following his red card after netting a brace against Wolves.

"I don't think they will be too down. Swansea went there and beat them, but Craven Cottage is still a really tough place to go.

"Look at the squad, Fulham have top players who have competed in Europe.

"Maybe they don't get the praise they deserve because they have a good manager and really, really top players in their team.

"They will come out and attack us."

The last time Norwich played at Craven Cottage was on the final day of the 2004/2005 season, where victory would have kept Nigel Worthington's men up.

However, the Canaries were stuffed 6-0 as they dropped back down to the Championship after just one season.

Only full-back Adam Drury remains from that team, and Lambert firmly believes that forgettable afternoon must remain in the past.

He said: "There will be some fans who were at the game that day, the same as what it was at Charlton, because Norwich got relegated there (from the Championship) and then the same fans went back there and watched the team got promoted there from League One.

"There is no point me going on about six or seven years ago. It has absolutely nothing to do with me.

"I will go to Fulham and try to win the game with the team we have now."

Norwich have some players are out of contract at the end of the season, including midfielder David Fox, centre-halves Zak Whitbread and Elliott Ward as well as long-serving defender Drury.

Lambert, though, will delay any talks over possible new deals.

He said: "We will wait and see what is happening, the club has to get stronger every year, that is important.

"When it is all done and dusted, I will sit down with the lads and tell them what I think and make decisions from there.

"The club needs players to come to add and make it stronger, to keep growing, but a lot depends on finances, which is always the case."