Paul Lambert - Norwich City’s win at Swansea was deserved
Paul Lambert saluted a 'massive' display from Norwich in today's epic 3-2 Premier League win at Swansea.
The Canaries became only the second side after champions Manchester United to triumph at the Liberty Stadium this campaign in a pulsating contest. Grant Holt's brace and Anthony Pilkington's deflected strike in a burst after the interval cancelled out Danny Graham's slick early opener. The former Watford man then grabbed his second from the penalty spot after Holt pulled back Ashley Williams late on to set up a frenetic finish. Graham slid wide from seven yards and John Ruddy was forced to acrobatically tip over Steven Caulker's powerful header to complete a memorable league double.
'Yeah I thought we were excellent,' said a delighted Lambert. 'The lads deserved it. I thought the passing was great. I thought the enthusiasm to go and press the game was great. (Andrew) Surman should have made it 1-1 in the first half but I thought after the break we were excellent.
'As I said yesterday (Friday) I believe we have got a threat. That was evident here. Last weekend was probably the best in my time because of what happened to the two centre backs. Even today Wardy (Elliott Ward) first game back since July was fantastic. Massive, massive performance. It has been a long road for him.'
Ward was forced to play on in the closing stages after taking a whack on his right leg. Adam Drury and Elliott Bennett were also withdrawn with knocks whilst Kyle Naughton was a virtual passenger in the final seconds.
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'Adam did his groin,' said Lambert. 'Elliott Bennett had to come off because he felt something in a block tackle. Wardy felt something towards the end but he had to play on. Kyle was on his last legs. He got a bang on the side of his knee - so we'll see how he is.'
Lambert confirmed centre back Zak Whitbread 'was nowhere near' featuring in south Wales after his hamstring injury against Bolton the previous weekend.
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