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Lambert won't let focus wander

Paul Lambert insists the Barclays Premier League title race will be the last thing on Norwich's minds when they face Manchester City in what could prove a decisive clash at Carrow Road.

A Canaries victory on Saturday would give Manchester United the chance to regain their eight-point lead over their championship rivals with only four games remaining.

Norwich boss Lambert acknowledged his side could have a huge say on the destiny of the title, but added: "I don't go out there to do anybody else any favours. I go out there to do it for myself and the football club."

City boss Roberto Mancini has already written off his side's hopes of closing the current five-point gap and even the most optimistic supporter would be forced to agree should they suffer yet another away defeat.

Norwich are still basking in the glory of Monday's shock victory at Tottenham, their performance hailed by Lambert as the best since he took charge two-and-a-half years ago.

And he declared there was even more to come from his Premier League new boys.

"You'd like to think so," he said. "I don't want them just to rest on one game."

He added: "We know we're up against a right top side, who are still vying to try to win the league, and we're going to have to play every bit as well as we did on Monday to have a chance."

And Lambert promised a very different result from Norwich's reverse fixture with City in December, a 5-1 defeat that remains their heaviest defeat of Lambert's reign.

"Manchester City will be strong favourites, as they normally are," he said. "But we're certainly playing well enough at this moment in time to give them a fright."

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