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Everton take on Norwich City at Goodison Park for the first time in six years on Saturday hoping for their first win of December.

Paul Lambert's side have adapted well to life back in the top flight and currently sit tenth in the Premier League.

Their attacking approach has won plenty of admirers and we've taken a closer look at the Canaries with BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham and season-ticket holder Anthony Lewis.

Paul Lambert

Lambert Winning Admirers

When Paul Lambert took over at Carrow Road in August 2009 Norwich had made a winless start to the League One season, including a 7-1 opening day defeat to Colchester United (then managed by Lambert).

Since then the Scotsman has guided the Norfolk club to back-to-back promotions and they have already won five games this season, just two less than in the whole of their previous top flight campaign.

Therefore it's perhaps no surprise that supporter Anthony Lewis says he is a hugely popular figure amongst the club's fans.

He said: "When Paul Lambert took over City were at one of their lowest points for a number of years and he's done an incredible job in turning things round.

"Lambert has instilled real confidence in the squad and a lot of the fans still can't believe how far they've come.

"All we could ask for this season is to stay in the Premier League and hope that we can keep him as our manager."

Keeping The Faith

According to Lewis the Norwich squad is packed with 'hidden gems' and a host of players have impressed on their first season in the top flight.

City's expansive style suits the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson who create the chances that the likes of Steve Morison and Grant Holt have been putting away.

And BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham says Paul Lambert should be commended for putting his faith in some young and untested players.

"The last time Norwich came up into the Premier League in 2004 they went a different route, they got rid of the tried and tested players that got them up and went for experienced top level players," explained Boreham.

"They brought in Thomas Helveg and Mattias Jonson, who were experienced international players and Simon Charlton who had been in the Premier League for years but Lambert has a really different approach.

"Lambert's policy has been to go for players who are on their way rather than players with their best days behind them.

"No-one has been head and shoulders above everybody else but Lambert has used his squad well. He's approached it with an attitude that everyone will have their part to play, and when players are selected they feel like they have a point to prove to keep their place in the side."

Steve Morison

Attack Is The Best Form Of Defence

Blues midfielder Seamus Coleman has already stated this week the Blackpool's cavalier approach to the Premier League has set a precadent for newly promoted clubs and Norwich are the prime example of that opinion.

The Canaries have been far from shrinking violets this term and their 4-2 win over Newcastle last week summed up their positive attitude.

Goreham says Lambert knows what the Norwich fans expect from their team and the boss is keen to deliver that, particularly at Carrow Road.

"Paul Lambert has often said that Norwich are well supported, they had 25,000 fans at their games in League One, and with that comes a pressure that you have to go and win games," he added.

"He was really positive last season when they stepped up a level from League One and one of the reasons they took the Championship by storm was that they were so positive away from home and I think they took a lot of teams by surprise last season."

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