The Canaries' boss has seen his captain produce another influential cameo but insists that Steve Morison's form still merits his inclusion ahead of the miracle-working skipperNorwich City manager Paul Lambert has defended his right to restrict captain Grant Holt to a ‘super-sub’ role, despite the striker once more coming off the bench to score the decisive goal in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over QPR.
Holt has found himself behind Steve Morison in the pecking order up front for the Canaries, even though his latest strike was his third such off-the-bench miracle this season, having netted previously against Liverpool and Blackburn.
“It’s my prerogative to pick what team I want to pick for this club,” Lambert told reporters after the game.
“Grant has been brilliant for me for two-and-a-half years, and he’s been brilliant this year as well, but it’s just the system I pick.
“Morison’s playing ever so well, but Grant has never let his head go, which is great.”
The Canaries' boss continued to praise Morison, who was impressive again at Carrow Road to continue a good run of form.
“I think he’s getting better, Steve Morison, with every passing game,” the Scot added.
“It’s his work-rate, if anything, it’s deceptive. He’s a handful, and for someone who was in non-league [with Stevenage] two years ago it’s a wonderful story.”
Lambert rejected talk of his introduction of Holt being an inspired substitution.
“No, the players have done that,” he stated.
“They’re the ones that play the game. They’re the most important people at the club, along with the people who come to watch, and I’ve got to trust them that they’re going to perform.
“I’ve done that for the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve trusted them, and they’ve been brilliant.”
The Canaries took the lead through Russell Martin but QPR equalised thanks to Luke Young on the hour, and the 42-year-old felt his charges recovered well from the set-back.
“They’re a good side and you can see why, with the players they’ve got, but after [the equaliser], I thought we regrouped and I thought we deserved to win the game,” he continued.
“QPR are a good side, they got a good win last week and not many teams are doing better, so it was a big, big win.”
Despite understanding the importance of the win, Lambert was keen to point out that he treats every match the same, regardless of the stature of his opponents.
“You can’t send the message that this game is more important than the Arsenal game [last Saturday],” he explained.
“If you’re going to do that then there’s no point in playing the top six, you may as well just give them the points.
“I’ll take every point we can get.”
The win lifts Norwich back into the top half of the Premier League, with Lambert’s side now ninth with 16 points.
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