Lambert defends his Norwich bruisers

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has dismissed critics of their up-and-at-'em approach.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has dismissed critics of their up-and-at-'em approach.

The top-flight newcomers have scored 24 goals — more than any other team outside the top five — with a Premier League-high 10 from headers.

Strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison lead the way with six goals each.

But ahead of today's trip to Everton, bullish boss Lambert insisted his side had much more to offer than just set-pieces.

He said: "People keep saying we are a really big side but I think they should look at us a little bit closer.

"What they are saying is wrong and I also think it's disrespectful. It's just not true because the one thing we are not is a big side.

"Some of our players such as Wes Hoolahan, who's 5ft 6in, and 5ft 9in David Fox must have grown a few inches overnight!

"What we are doing is competing, giving good teams a game and scoring and we deserve some credit for that. We are scoring a lot of headers because Holt and Morison are putting their heads in where it hurts. They are both physical players with real presence.

"But they can play a bit, like a lot of our players. I'm delighted with the way things are going because no one expected us to be in this position."

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