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Villa v Norwich: Lambert - Holt won't be sentimental about reunion

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Villa v Norwich: Lambert - Holt won't be sentimental about reunion


Paul Lambert believes Grant Holt is too battle-hardened to be sentimental about facing old club Norwich.

Holt achieved hero status at Carrow Road, helping them from League One to Premier League and winning player of the year three seasons in a row.

To top it off, Holt was voted into the Canaries hall of fame too during his successful spell.

But, despite all this history, Lambert believes Holt will be focused and determined rather than nostalgic as he gets set for his first encounter with Norwich since leaving in July 2013.

He said: "It will be nice for him. He's looking forward to it. It's his first time. It will be new for him.

"But he has been around the block though so there won't be any sentimental things in his makeup.

"He knows he's here to play for Villa to try and help us beat Norwich.

"But I am sure the Norwich crowd will give him a good reception for what he did for them.

"I don't think Grant has anything to prove to Norwich. He carried that club on his shoulders for three years.

"He deserves a lot of credit, along with the other lads there. He was a major catalyst for Norwich. He was great for me. He was player of the year there for three seasons in succession!"

Lambert is a firm admirer of Holt's on-pitch performances but he took time to joke about the forward's less-than-impressive training displays as he faced the press on the eve of Sunday's encounter.

He added: "He was the worst trainer I had ever seen but you put him in on Saturday and he was brilliant.

"I know what you get from him and what he's like.

"I always have a laugh and joke with him about his training. But you put him on the pitch and he performs - that's the main thing."

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By @AVFCOfficial 28th February 2014
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