Aston Villa‘s Shay Given will return to action against Norwich tonight as Paul Lambert makes his return to Carrow Road following an acrimonious summer departure.
While Lambert will no doubt be subjected to a frosty reception in Aston Villa’s Capital One Cup quarter final clash, Given will be hoping to impress his manager with a rare start for the Villans.
The former Republic of Ireland incumbent between the sticks will be handed a chance to challenge Brad Guzan for the Claret and Blue number one shirt, as Lambert maintains his cup rotation policy.
Guzan hasn’t had much luck when it comes to the League Cup. He previously missed out on potential cup glory when omitted from the starting line-up against Manchester United in the 2010 League Cup final, to be replaced by fellow American Brad Friedel.
Speaking of his Wembley hurt, Guzan said: “It was one of the biggest disappointments of my career.
“It was a bitter pill to swallow, but it has made me stronger.”
Meanwhile, Lambert returns to his former team following three successful years as manager at Carrow Road. His arbitration hearing – relating to his departure from Norwich – will be conducted in January.
The Scotsman harbours some uncertainty as to the nature of anger from Canaries fans, but when asked about supporter reaction he simply stated that, “other people will make more of it than I will.”
“I’d like to think sensible supporters might think, ‘He’s done all right.’ The sad thing is people don’t know what’s been going on,” he continued.
As for Norwich, coming off the back of an impressive and gritty performance against Swansea at the weekend, and combined with the fiery atmosphere and occasion, we could see a swing in motivation toward Chris Hughton’s men.