Lambert hopes for Bridge shock

BY foxsports • August 26, 2011

Few give the Canaries - set to be without defender Daniel Ayala for at least two months with a knee injury picked up in the midweek 4-0 Carling Cup defeat by MK Dons - any hope of returning a positive result at Stamford Bridge. Lambert, however, insists Norwich will travel to west London fully determined to collect what would be a shock first win back in the top flight. "We are going there and nobody expects us to get anything - but we are ready for it," Lambert told a pre-match news conference. "They are one of the favourites to win the Premier League title and are also in the Champions League, so that is the magnitude of it - but we are going there to try and win. "You are up against world-class players and a world-class side, but we have waited two years to play this kind of team - and it is our job to try and cause an upset. "We are not going to go there and be frightened by it." Lambert added: "It is great for the team, because they have earned the right to play at places like Chelsea. "I am hoping they go and grab it, and hopefully win. "We don't do it any other way, we go to try and win games. "We will have a big following ourselves, the stadium will have a great atmosphere, they have got big players, and as I said before, the lads have never sat back and waited for things to happen." Ayala had just arrived from Liverpool and was expecting to make an impact with the Canaries having seen his first-team chances limited at Anfield. With centre-back Elliott Ward already sidelined through a knee problem, the injury to the Spaniard against MK Dons was a tough blow. "I think Daniel is going to be missing for the next couple of months, which is disappointing, he has just got here, but that's football," said Lambert, who will have centre-back Leon Barnett available again after a suspension for his red card in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Stoke. "Daniel has just come in, he's new to it, so it's a blow, but as I said that's what happens in the game." Summer signing James Vaughan has yet to feature since the striker signed from Everton because of his knee problem picked up during Norwich's pre-season training camp in Germany. Lambert, though, is confident the England Under-21 international will soon be available. "We have not really seen him yet, but those two have done really fine. Hopefully they will be back before too long," the Norwich manager said.


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