Norwich City boss Lambert unhappy over ‘clear’ penalty

Paul Lambert was left to rue the penalty that was and wasn't given in today's 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Brom at Carrow Road.

Striker James Vaughan appeared to be elbowed inside the West Brom penalty box by Gabriel Tamas during a pulsating finish to the televised game - settled by Peter Odemwingie's early strike. Lambert confirmed afterwards Vaughan was poised to visit a plastic surgeon to assess the extent of his facial wound, which saw the former Evertonian leave the pitch with blood pouring from a facial cut in the closing stages.

The City chief was also unhappy with West Brom's penalty - the fourth conceded by his side since their top flight return - when Steve Morison was adjudged to have fouled Steven Reid.

Lambert revealed he sought out referee Mark Halsey for an explanation after the final whistle - where Halsey confirmed he had not seen the late Vaughan incident.

'I think its a penalty,' he said. 'You would have to ask the referee. I've seen it on the replay and he has caught him. It's not great - that is for sure. James is away to see the plastic surgeon at the minute but its a bad one. The cut has gone right through the lip. We can't just stitch it up. The specialist has to look at it.

'I think in the big moments of the game, you have to get them right more often than not. We never got that big moment. The penalty given against us was pretty soft, considering what I saw happen to James. It's a penalty - no matter what way you want to look at it.'

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