Lambert hails "no-name" Norwich
Norwich boss Paul Lambert believes his team of "no-names" are on the verge of the big time after a 6-0 demolition of Scunthorpe cemented second place in the Championship.sports Updated: Apr 03, 2011 08:51 IST
Norwich boss Paul Lambert believes his team of "no-names" are on the verge of the big time after a 6-0 demolition of Scunthorpe cemented second place in the Championship.
With QPR not in action until Monday's home clash with Sheffield United, the Canaries took the opportunity to move within six points of the leaders on Saturday.
Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson both scored hat-tricks for Norwich, who are now four points clear of promotion rivals Cardiff and Swansea and closing in on promotion to the Premier League.
Holt opened the scoring after 10 minutes and added his second from the spot in the 32nd minute after being pulled down by Paul Reid, who was sent off.
Scunthorpe, playing for the first time under new boss Alan Knill, proved no match for the rampant home side.
Holt bagged his third goal on 61 before it was Jackson's turn to weigh in with a treble of his own in the last 15 minutes.
"Someone said recently that we are a team without any big names, well I tell you something the lads are starting to make a name for themselves now," Lambert said.
"I don't know what is going to happen over the next month - I don't even know what's going to happen tomorrow."
"There's still miles to go yet and there are a lot of tough games to come. But I'll enjoy the ride with the rest of the lads and whatever happens will happen."
There was good news for Norwich from Deepdale, where fourth placed Swansea slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat against relegation-haunted Preston.
Preston forward Iain Hume opened the scoring with a third-minute penalty and, despite an Ashley Williams header bringing the visitors level on 24, Hume scored the winner seven minutes from time after a brilliant mazy run.
Cardiff manager Dave Jones called for calm after his took full advantage of their Welsh rivals' slip-up with a 4-1 win over Derby to move into third place.
"The fans should have enjoyed it today but it does help when they are not nervous," Jones said.
"It is all about holding our nerve as we come into the last few games and we must win all our home matches but there is still some way to go."
Play-off hopefuls Leeds sent Nottingham Forest tumbling out of the top six with a 4-1 win at Elland Road.
Forest had Chris Cohen sent off on 36 minutes for violent conduct and Leeds dominated with Jonny Howson and Luciano Becchio putting them 2-0 up by the hour.
Garath McCleary briefly reduced the deficit for Billy Davies' men, but a late double from Max Gradel secured an impressive win for Leeds.
Davies accused Leeds counterpart Simon Grayson of having a major role in Cohen's dismissal with his angry touchline reaction.
"You decide for yourselves. You don't need me to tell you. We all know what took place today," Davies said.
Shane Long scored twice as Reading moved above Forest into sixth place with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Portsmouth at the Madejski Stadium.
Millwall moved within three points of the top six after Steve Morison's superb 33rd-minute chip secured a 1-0 win at Hull.
Burnley lost 2-1 at home to Ipswich, while Watford crashed 2-0 at Coventry.
Crystal Palace moved seven points clear of the bottom three with a 2-1 win over Barnsley.
Nigerian striker Ayegbeni Yakubu hit a hat-trick for Leicester in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, while Bristol City beat Doncaster 1-0 at Ashton Gate.