Lambert - We gave as good as we got

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is looking for the Canaries to develop a streetwise edge to mix it in the Premier League.

Lambert was delighted with a battling point at Wigan in the club's first top flight encounter since 2005 – but admitted City will need to tighten up after his first look at the best league in the world. Both sides attacked freely in an entertaining second half that saw the visitors weather a late onslaught from the Latics to get their season off to an unbeaten start.

'It was just too open,' said Lambert. 'That is perhaps the one thing I would label it. I think we've got to be happy with that. It's not an easy place to go and I think we gave as good as we got. I'll look at the opposition that we're playing and adjust it accordingly. I think the game was just a bit too open for us at certain times and it is something we will try to eradicate, but the hunger and desire was evident.

'I don't get jitters with my defence. I was delighted with the effort and application because it was our first game in the Premier League, away from home, and it was new for everybody at the football club. We still drove on to get a winner but when you're up against better players and better opposition, they can hurt you and I think we just have to be a bit careful not to be too gung-ho.'

Victor Moses was a constant threat for the hosts with Wigan boss Roberto Martinez later unleashing Colombian hitman Hugo Rodallega. Lambert admitted that sort of attacking potency is something Norwich must get used to every week.

'You talk to me about the difference between the Championship and the Premier League – I would say �90m is the difference. That is the game,' he said. 'I think it was important we didn't go and get heavily turned over. It will give them the belief they can compete. That is all you ask for. I never thought we came and looked tentative or anything like that. You have to remember two years ago we were in League One. That is the magnitude of it. In the cold light of day, if you had told me then that in two years time we could look forward to going to Wigan in the Premier League I would have took you away in a straightjacket.'

Wigan counterpart Martinez hailed Moses as a 'special talent'.

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'He's a real joy,' he said. 'It's like rolling back the years, when players used to get on the ball and go past people. Those are the kind of players you want to watch, and you would pay good money to watch Victor Moses. Everyone will tell you how well he gets away from people, but he has a real team ethic. We need to give him time and patience, but he's a special, special talent.'

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