Belfast Telegraph

Lambert thrilled after Norwich win

Norwich boss Paul Lambert hailed his side's resilience after goals from Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson at the Reebok Stadium shattered a 17-year hoodoo.

The Canaries' 2-1 win over Bolton was the club's first away from home in the top flight since victory at Crystal Palace in 1994 - not that the history-making aspect bothered Lambert.

"I just got told about it (the record) the other night. I don't really bother about things like that because I wasn't here. I've never had a problem with confidence. They seem to bounce back whether they draw or get beaten, and that is testament to the way they played," said Lambert.

The Scot made six changes to the side beaten by a single goal at home to West Brom last weekend and insisted his decision to make such wholesale changes had been vindicated.

He added: "Sometimes you have to make these decisions. I explained them to the lads and they know exactly why I've done it. They have been brilliant about it."

Lambert admitted his side had to hang on through some nervous moments after Martin Petrov reduced the deficit for the home side with his 64th-minute penalty.

Lambert said: "I thought we were really comfortable up to the penalty, then Bolton threw everything at us. That put us on the back foot for five or 10 minutes but we fought through."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle described Ivan Klasnic's sending-off in first-half injury-time as "an act of folly" and admitted it hindered his side's attempts to make a comeback.

Klasnic was issued a straight red card for an apparent head-butt on Marc Tierney, and Coyle said: "If you lean your head into somebody the rule is it's an act of aggression."


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