Norwich City boss Lambert - That’s what it’s all about
Paul Lambert saw his Norwich City side produce the most remarkable game of his managerial tenure and then admitted: 'That's what Carrow Road should be like.'
Victory moved the Canaries up to third place in the Championship table on a night when East Anglian rivals Ipswich lost to a late goal at Reading - and fellow promoted side Leeds were thumped 6-4 at home by Preston.
'I am only 41 and I want to stay in it a little bit longer and if I have many more like them I won't see it through to about 44,' he laughed. 'I can't have many more of those.
'It is unbelievable what we have done. It has been extraordinary and if you ask those fans I am pretty sure they loved every minute of it and that is the way Carrow Road should be - it should be rocking the way it is.'
City were behind after less than two minutes after a blunder by goalkeeper John Ruddy, and while Andrew Crofts and Adam Drury - scoring for only the fourth time in his City career - put them 3-1 up, Leicester refused to buckle.
Sub Matty Fryatt pulled one back before Wes Hoolahan scored his second of the night, a magnificent effort from distance which proved to be the difference between the sides.
There was still time for Fryatt to add another Leicester goal, although his celebrations were cut short when he was shown a straight red card after trying to retrieve the ball quickly and lashing out at City defender Leon Barnett.
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Lambert was delighted with the win - although he admitted the game was 'too open'.
'It never helped us losing a goal right at the beginning, but I have got to give the players credit coming back really strongly and the way we played I thought especially halfway through the first half was more like us,' he said. 'We got a foothold in the game against a team that frustrated us a little bit. Leicester are a good side, a really good side.'
Lambert admitted the early goal took City by surprise.
'Goals do that, they put you on the back foot, but you regroup and go again,' he said. 'As long as you don't concede a second one when you are trying to regroup. The lads have been great, really great.
'Leicester were never out of the game, you have got to give them credit, and you were always feeling uneasy because they are a threat and hopefully Paulo, maybe because I know him really well, I hope he turns it around.'
The goal of the night was clearly Hoolahan's - although the penalty he scored to put City ahead early in the second half, was just as well executed, given the circumstances.
'His second - brilliant, it was absolutely a terrific finish,' said Lambert.
'His first one was a big moment, I thought it was an unbelievable pressure penalty and to score it takes a lot of guts, to go and hit a penalty in a big moment in the game, and that was a big moment in the game.
'And I thought his second goal was absolutely colossal for us.
'Wes has been in the Championship before, the only difference is we have maybe put him in a different position from where he played before and he is thriving on it and relishing the way he is playing.'
They were Hoolahan's first goals of the season, but for Adam Drury it was his first for five and a half years - on his 300th league start for City .
'Briliant - somebody who has been at the football club for 10 years and the service he has given it and his level of performance has been extraordinary,' said Lambert.
'I never have to say anything to Adam Drury really, apart from the first goal - but other than that his performances since I have been here have been of a very high standard.'