Norwich boss Lambert remains upbeat after Doncaster draw

Paul Lambert insists there will be plenty more tales of the unexpected after seeing his team held to a 1-1 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers.

City looked to be heading to victory courtesy of Grant's Holt first-half strike – his 13th Championship goal of the season.

But their luck ran out seven minutes from the end of normal time when left back Adam Drury headed the ball past his own keeper to give the visitors a point.

'You are going to have to earn the right to win games, that is normal everywhere you play,' said Lambert. 'There are going to be games, not just for ourselves but a lot of teams, when we will pick up points and then lose points where they never expect it to happen. But I am not going to be too downbeat in getting a draw because we are sitting fifth and we are still in the mix.'

There were murmurs of frustration from the crowd at the final whistle, but Lambert was quick to point out the changes they have seen in the time he has been at the club.

'You have got to remember the last time this club was in the Championship it couldn't buy a win, and I will bet you any money you want you can ask that same crowd two years ago, or whatever it may be, they would have snapped your hand off,' he said.

'We are sitting fifth in the league, you are right in it – if that is the sense of disappointment then my god almighty. I am not going to criticise any lad.

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'I am pretty sure there was (boos) but you have to try and remind people we have done unbelievable to get where we are, but that just shows you have far we have come. What we have done has created that feeling of really high standards and when they don't see you win I think it is harsh.'

City had chances to put the match beyond Doncaster's reach, particularly through Holt and Aaron Wilbraham.

'There were ones where we probably hit them too good,' Lambert said. 'Sometimes if you mis-connect they go in, but on another day they might.

'You look at results, even tonight, and there are some bizarre results and that is what is going to happen between now and May. We haven't been beaten but you can sense people – so there is always a positive to come out of a negative.'

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