Norwich City boss Lambert delighted to hit the heights against Burnley
Paul Lambert believes Norwich hit the heights in today's comprehensive FA Cup 4-1 third round romp against Burnley at Carrow Road.
Grant Holt's first missed spot kick for the hosts proved an incidental aside in an emphatic victory for the Canaries against the Championship play-off contenders. Holt's powerful header and a close range flick from Simeon Jackson put Norwich in early control before Jay Rodriguez grabbed one back in a breathless opening 15 minutes. Holt dragged his spot kick wide before the break but strikes from Andrew Surman and Steve Morison smoothed City's passage into Sunday's fourth round draw.
'Delighted with the lads,' said Lambert. 'I thought we were control for most of the game. It doesn't matter how you win it as long as you go through but I thought we dominated the game from start to finish. Burnley are going well in the Championship themselves but we hopefully have moved on from last year. I think the Premier League does that. The level and intensity you play at makes everybody step up to the plate. You can't dip below that and I felt we were excellent. The two goals gave us a nice foothold and we dominated the ball.'
Declan Rudd made a rare start with Jed Steer in reserve. Lambert confirmed John Ruddy was not involved in the matchday squad after his partner gave birth on Friday night. The City chief also disclosed he had spoken to Tom Adeyemi following the Norwich youngster's high profile involvement in an incident playing for Oldham at Liverpool on Friday night that is currently the subject of a police investigation. Adeyemi reacted angrily to alleged abuse from Liverpool supporters situated in the Kop during Oldham's 5-1 exit.
'I spoke to him last night straight after the game and he is okay,' said Lambert. 'That is the pleasing thing. I hope Liverpool football club will do it properly and see what has gone on. I can't comment on the whole thing but the most important thing is Tom is okay. What I said to him will remain private. He is only a lad learning the game and one of the nicest lads you could hope to meet. A really intelligent boy and he is okay. What happened is a private conversation. I'm sure the people at Liverpool football club and up there will investigate and deal with it accordingly.'