Lambert welcomes Canary mellow finish
Norwich boss Paul Lambert admits his relief at preparing to host Aston Villa this Sunday free from the relegation "knife-edge".
Few gave the Canaries much hope of staying clear of a season-long relegation scrap on their return to the Barclays Premier League.
However, Lambert's well-organised squad have surpassed expectations - with a memorable victory at Tottenham on Easter Monday all but securing their top-flight status and last weekend's thrilling 3-3 at Arsenal putting them in 13th place on 44 points.
That has ensured the visit of Villa, who still need a point to mathematically be certain of Premier League football again, can be enjoyed without any final-day nerves as matters at both ends of the table go to the wire elsewhere.
"I think it seems to be the closest (finish) I can remember if you look at what is at stake on the final weekend," Lambert said. "They are going for it neck-and-neck in the title race and the relegation hasn't been decided or the Champions League places.
"It has gone right to the wire which means the fans who support those teams will be on a bit of a knife edge. I am just glad we are not part of it."