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Norwich's Lambert to set realistic goals for 2012

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert knows he cannot set the bar too high for his team in 2012.

The Canaries are sitting comfortably in 11th position on the Premier League table, seven points clear of the drop zone, but Lambert will remain realistic with his goals after guiding the club to the top flight on the back of two straight promotions.

"We have done really fine to be where we are and are playing well enough to win games, but we have to curtail the expectancy level a bit, because it is severe here," he said.

"What the lads have done has been incredible; everybody predicted us to be in the bottom three at this time.

"But when you surpass people's expectation levels, they think you are just going to turn up and win. It never works that way.

"We are playing catch-up with nearly every team in the league because we are new to it. We are the underdog to play every team we come up against, but we are making a fist of it."

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