Paul Lambert prepares for Rangers test


Paul Lambert faces the toughest test of the season this afternoon as Norwich travel to face Championship leaders QPR at Loftus Road.

The former Celtic skipper has carried on where he left off last season with the Canaries sitting in third place in the table after ten games.

QPR boss Neil Warnock is the most experienced manager in the divisionwith Lambert full of respect for his outspoken opponent.

“I think he has been a brilliant manager right through all the teams he has been at,” the Norwich boss admitted. “He has been in the game a lot longer than me and you can’t fault what Neil Warnock has done in his managerial career. It has been has been terrific.

“He has done well at a lot of the clubs he has been at and QPR are where they are on merit. They have financial backing but they still have to get themselves up there and that is what he is all about.”

Like everyone in club management Lambert is desperate to get back into action after the international break.

Norwich won their last two matches against Leicester and Bristol City with their manager looking to build up some momentum.

“It is a brilliant game for us, we are looking forward to it,” Lambert added. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see how well they are playing and where they are in the league- they are top of the league on merit and it is an incredibly tough game for us.

“We have earned our right to be in the league because of what we did last season but I’m under no illusions as to how hard it is going to be. You can sense it is a big game.

“There is no point going there to defend. We have to go and attack as that is the way I have always played since we have been here.

“We are going to have an unbelievable support there and we have to give them something to get them going. That’s what we’ll try and do.

“l know how hard it is going to be but we have to try and get on the front foot. Yes we might have to defend for our lives and take our chances when they come, but we will give as good as we get that’s for sure.”

Elsewhere in the Championship Malky Mackay takes Watford to face troubled Portsmouth, Ipswich are at home to Coventry and Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan faces his old side Leeds United in a 5.20 kick off.

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