Norwich City have something that money can’t buy
Norwich's latest top flight win served to illustrate money can't buy the collective sense of purpose surrounding the Canaries at present.
Paul Lambert's men swept Swansea aside to consolidate their position in the top half of the Premier League – where they share the same footballing platform alongside the likes of billionaire-backed empires at Chelsea and leaders Man City.
Danny Graham's poacher's finish triggered arguably the only sustained spell of concern for the hosts prior to the interval following Anthony Pilkington's early thurst and Russell Martin's header. Pilkington's close- range second capped a commanding second half display that underlined the growing mood of confidence and optimism on and off the pitch.
An all-seater record Carrow Road attendance lapped up the action to seal another upbeat week in the life of the Canaries which included a positive financial health check in the latest set of published accounts.
'I thought we were excellent from start to the finish,' said Lambert. 'We got the spell where Swansea scored and came on strongly, but apart from that little period I thought we were excellent.
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'I can't fault my lads. The players and the crowd are bouncing off each other at the minute. It's been like that since I have been here if truth be known.
'Yes, sometimes you will concede a goal and you have to withstand a dominant spell – I though we did that and second half we pushed on.'
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Lambert insisted City's latest win should not be underestimated against a Swansea outfit who have provided stern opposition during the Scot's Norwich tenure.
Lambert's men were well beaten towards the end of last season at the Liberty Stadium in what ultimately proved to be a minor blip on another triumphant promotion march.
The Scot also was also prepared to concede that the Swans deserved much more from their earlier season league outing to Norfolk.
'They were very good here last time they came although we beat them 2-0 that day,' he said.
'They have moved on from that, with some different personnel, so you never know the way the game goes. We made a terrific start, Swansea came back at us when they scored but I thought in the second half we were excellent.
'Brendan (Rodgers) has done fantastically well with them the way they play the game and we try to play football as well and although I am an advocate of good football as well I know you have to win more games than not – and we are certainly doing that.'
Central to that success for Lambert has been Steve Morison.
City's boss led the eulogies for the lone frontman who subjected Swansea's centre back pairing to a torrid afternoon before the rigours of duty for club and country led to his early departure in the second half.
Swansea's Dutch keeper Michel Vorm denied Morison a deserved goal in the opening period of another selfless outing recognised by a rousing reception after the interval. Grant Holt was introduced for the Welshman following a display Lambert hailed alongside the best seen from City's talisman over the previous two campaigns.
'I thought that was as good a number nine display as I have seen in a long time. I really do,' said Lambert. 'Holty has played some really big games for us but that was definitely up there. I thought Morison was exceptional. He keeps playing like that he'll be fine. He was a major player for us and they struggled to cope with him. He is a handful and his contribution especially today has been immense. I think he got a touch of cramp, so we'll see how is the next few days. The knock back for the first goal was great and, yeah, he is a key part of that system.'