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Norwich City boss Lambert hails Grant Holt's goal tally

Grant Holt
Holt scored a hat-trick against rivals Ipswich in November

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has praised captain Grant Holt after he netted his 50th goal for the club.

The 29-year-old's City record now stands at 51 goals in 85 games following his hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.

"In the two years that I've been here he's been colossal," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"He has created a niche for himself that lad, and coming here was probably the greatest career move he's made."

He added: "He is a major figure at this football club, but he's not one of those lads that thinks he's arrived, he keeps working hard."

Holt was signed from Shrewsbury in 2009 by Bryan Gunn following Norwich's relegation to League One, but it was not until Lambert's appointment, two games into the 2009/10 season, that he was made captain.

He went on to score 30 goals in his maiden term at Carrow Road, lifting the League One title and earning a return to the Championship at the first attempt.

"Not bad is it? It's gone well, I didn't think I'd get them in this quick succession but I have," Holt added.

"It's just a measure of what a good team I've got playing behind me that I can achieve that tally."

It's unreal, he's been doing the business all season

Simeon Jackson on Grant Holt

Questions had been raised over Holt's ability to make the step up to the Championship following previous less fruitful second-tier spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest.

But after netting 19 league goals this season, including hat-tricks against Scunthorpe and Ipswich Town, he has proved any previous doubts unfounded.

Team-mate Simeon Jackson, who also bagged a treble against the Iron, said Holt's achievements are remarkable.

"It's unreal, he's been doing the business all season, it's the last few games now and hopefully he can keep doing it," said Jackson.

And despite Holt scoring three and reaching his half-century on Saturday, he was happy for Jackson, who had not scored since October, to take home the match ball for his treble.

"He can have it, it's not about the ball, it's about getting the win today," added Holt.

"To be honest I'm more pleased for Simeon than I am for myself."

"That's exactly why he's captain," replied Jackson.



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see also
Norwich 6-0 Scunthorpe
02 Apr 11 |  Championship
Holt admits Norwich title hopes
07 Feb 11 |  Norwich
Holt finds his Championship feet
20 Dec 10 |  Norwich
Canaries' Holt looks to improve
20 Sep 10 |  Norwich
Ruddy backs City's Holt to excel
24 Sep 10 |  Norwich
Ankle op for Norwich striker Holt
29 Apr 10 |  Norwich
Holt targets record Canaries haul
06 Apr 10 |  Norwich


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