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Lambert delighted with Palace point

PUBLISHED: 14:25 31 January 2011

Paul Lambert takes a pitch-level view of the action on Saturday. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Paul Lambert takes a pitch-level view of the action on Saturday. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Norwich City boss Paul Lambert described his players' achievement as "extraordinary" after they moved into second place in the Championship.

A goalless draw in their rearranged game at Crystal Palace put the Canaries into the second automatic promotion spot.

“I am delighted we have gone up to second, which is a phenomenal achievement from the lads at the minute. It’s extraordinary what they have done,” said Lambert.

“It looks good doesn’t it, with your name sitting second?”

Palace, who won 2-1 at Carrow Road earlier in the season, chalked up their sixth successive clean sheet at home to move out of the bottom three.

“I knew it would be tough because they are fighting for their lives, Crystal Palace,” said Lambert. “I said to the players ‘If you can’t win the game make sure you don’t lose it’ and that was certainly the case. I’m not too disturbed about just having a point.”

Skipper Grant Holt missed City’s best chance seven minutes from time when he cleared the crossbar by a distance.

“It was a chance, half a chance, but the ball has still got to come down – sometimes they go in,” said Lambert.

Full-back Adam Drury suffered an injury ahead of tomorrow’s Championship home game against Millwall, and was replaced by Marc Tierney, making his City debut, half an hour from time.

“He got a slight strain on his thigh – we’ll see how he is tomorrow,” said Lambert.

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