“If we’re scoring three goals at home, we should be winning games,” said Martin afterwards, whose own special strike deserved more than a point.
The win puts City into 13th place, level on points with Newcastle and it stretches their unbeaten record to six games. Chris Hughton’s men played with discipline and heart for the whole 90 minutes and praise must also go to the Norwich support, who really cranked up the volume inside a packed Carrow Road.
“This team hasn’t done much wrong in the last few seasons and my responsibility will be to try and strengthen and sustain what we’ve already got,” said Canary boss Chris Hughton today. “I’ll endeavour to make those decisions over this pre-season period.”
He brought the pride back to Carrow Road after the relegation to League One and that 7-1 horror show against Colchester. It’s been some ride and that’s how we should remember Paul Lambert – for bringing the good times back to Norfolk.
“We’ll recover on Sunday and go again on Monday against a very good side,” said Canary midfielder Jonny Howson, fresh from an impressive showing yesterday. “We’ll go there and give it everything like we did against Everton.”
“We were up against a really top side with an absolutely brilliant manager,” said the Canary chief after today’s exciting encounter with David Moyes’ Everton. “They’ve got some great players and we had to be bang on it today. We were outstanding.”
“I think our fans will be disappointed, and what we need is a pick-me-up now,” said Newcastle United chief Alan Pardew ahead of this weekend’s live TV contest. “We need to get a win – we’re well aware of that. No-one needs to tell us.”
“I always think that if you can’t win the game, make sure you don’t lose it,” said City boss Lambert. “Credit to the team for keeping going as I thought today was going to be one of the hardest games and so it proved.”
“They are still an established Premier League side with some really good players and this is all still new for us,” said Canary boss Lambert in front of the media this morning. “But we’re playing well enough to win.”
“It was a fabulous response after Wednesday night,” beamed Canary boss Paul Lambert. “And it might, just might, keep us in the league.”
“A couple of years ago, we were playing the likes of Yeovil and Stockport, no disrespect to them, and now we’re competing with Chelsea which is just incredible,” said a delighted Paul Lambert this afternoon.
“Burnley are going well in the Championship but we’ve moved on [since the last time we played them],” said Lambert after today’s FA Cup success. “The Premier League does that to teams and you’ve got to step up to the plate.”
“We can’t just concentrate on one player as they have people all over the pitch who can change the game in an instant but we’re looking forward to it. We know it’ll be tough but we’ve worked hard to get here and we’ll enjoy it – especially against the top teams.”
“The way he man-manages and tells it like it is gets the best of them,” said the Canary boss. “Even if you have a squad of world class players – which Harry does – you’ve still got to get the best out of them and he does that.”
“Those players in the dressing room have been colossal,” boss Paul Lambert said afterwards. “We’ve got to remember what we’re up against here but we’re thriving on it; we’re enjoying it and I’m proud of them.”
“He’s at least three yards outside of the box,” said Lambert on the game-changing incident. “How he gave that, I do not know. It’s hard enough him getting sent off for it but the initial contact was outside.”
“Norwich defended well and pulled off some good blocks, and they will be disappointed with the result, but not so much with the performance from the team,” said Cardiff chief Dave Jones.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”