“The referee said that it was his opinion but in my opinion, he got the penalty decision wrong,” said Norwich chief Paul Lambert, speaking shortly after today’s reverse in south Wales. “Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t.”
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But the victory and the ‘luck’ that accompanied that single strike was one of those that, for me, was earned… And earned the hard way. Earned by the team-sheet. For that was a big call; ousting both Wes Hoolahan and Korey Smith from the start and switching to a flat, midfield four; dropping the diamond that had – by and large – sparkled so brightly this autumn.
“Success breeds success and when you’ve got that mentality in the dressing room, you believe you can turn anything around,” said the former Norwich favourite. “Even if it’s 1-0 or 2-0 to the other team, you still think you’ve got a chance to get back into it.”
“You do get confidence from scoring goals,” said Jackson. “I’ll definitely try and keep that up and, hopefully, that should keep us up towards the top end of the table come the end of the season.”
“That’s the only reason I’ve done it – to give lads who we thought could win a game a chance; to give Wes [Hoolahan] a break and to give Korey [Smith] a break because they’ve played every single game for me. For the best part of 14-15 months.
“When you get beat you’ve got to try your best to win the next one and the lads have responded terrifically again,” added Lambert, still looking over his shoulder. “And that’s another three points; another three points to keeping us safe.”
“I saw – and I don’t know how true it is – that Middlesbrough have spent £11 million in a year. We’ve spent 11p! There are loads of teams that are miles ahead of us on the budget side of things.”
It was all credit to Smith (S), that he, by and large, kept the boy under wraps; particularly given the fact that he became a father some 36 hours or whatever before. That was no mean performance from Mr Drury’s understudy on a night not big on performances from the home side.
“We can’t defend set-pieces like that and to concede those two goals from set-pieces was disappointing. But we’ve got a chance on Saturday to put it right.”
“Steven Smith is only really just coming back from injury and I threw him in at the deep end [at Bristol City] when he probably did not expect it. But he has done well in the last two games.”
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“We should have been two-up at half-time but what a performance that was. I thought we were brilliant. I thought we defended brilliantly as a team when we had to and Wardy [Elliott Ward] and Leon [Barnett] just keep on getting better.”
“l know how hard it is going to be but we have to try and get on the front foot,” said the City boss this morning. “Yes we might have to defend for our lives and take our chances when they come, but we will give as good as we get that’s for sure.”
“We all want to get three points and we’re more than capable of doing that, but Norwich have made a solid start to the season and we’ll have to be at our best,” said QPR star striker Jamie Mackie.
Despite the fact that many aren’t playing regular first-team football, the Under-21 squad is littered with Premier League names and not one of the outfield players in the group for Friday’s European Championship play-off is contracted to a Football League club.
Now, with Surman injured, Lappin is first choice. He cannot assume he will remain first pick. But, as he has demonstrated amply, he has the character and ability (and, yes athleticism) to prove people wrong.
Perhaps the truth is that I’ve now reached the point in life where there’s more past than there is future. And the past is where much of the best stuff lies. Like playing Sunday football. My career is certainly into the pantomime phase now. (“Where’s my regular salary, boys and girls?” Audience: “Behind you!”)
“I remember the times when they were in Europe and playing against the likes of Bayern Munich, but they have always had that pedigree and the fans have remained loyal even in the bad times,” said England Under-21 chief Stuart Pearce.
It is, therefore, all to Lambert’s credit that not only did he apply the brakes in a remarkably short space of time, but he then managed to slip the Norfolk club out of reverse and into first, second and third gears within the space of two or three months of his arrival.
“Goalscorers are always judged by their goalscoring ratio and I thought his first goal was top class,” said Canary chief Lambert on two-goal hero Simeon Jackson. “His second was difficult as well and it was a terrific finish. Simeon has been excellent.”