Norwich City boss Lambert left to rue controversial Stoke winner in Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium
Paul Lambert admitted he felt a sense of injustice after Stoke's Premier League 1-0 win today at the Britannia Stadium.
Matthew Etherington lashed past John Ruddy from an acute angle in the 72nd minute after a quickly-taken throw-in which appeared to have been awarded to Stoke in error. Lambert revealed afterwards match referee Michael Oliver confirmed he had initially awarded Norwich a throw-in deep inside their own half, but the official appeared to be over-ruled by his near side assistant. Etherington was quickest to react to Cameron Jerome's flick on to veer past Elliott Ward inside the Canaries' penalty area and fire home to seal all three points for Tony Pulis' side.
'I think it was our throw,' said Lambert. 'The referee has actually indicated it is ours and is walking away and waved his hand a little bit as if to say it was a Norwich throw. The linesman has over-ruled him, for some reason. Our lads obviously think it is our throw and are out of position and we lose a bad goal. I think it was there for everybody to see that it was a Norwich throw. He did actually admit to me going up the tunnel that it was a Norwich throw to us, but the linesman for some reason over-ruled him.
'The players were making the point to the referee at the final whistle. It was there for everybody to see. You don't need to be rocket scientist to see that. It is frustrating (to lose to that) because I thought the game never had many chances, it never got going and there wasn't any fluency.'