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Lambert glad to be on right end of thriller

PUBLISHED: 13:41 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 01:42 30 September 2010

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert came up against former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Paulo Sousa. Picture: Antony Kelly

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert came up against former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Paulo Sousa. Picture: Antony Kelly

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Paul Lambert was delighted to see Carrow Road “rocking” during the 4-3 win over Leicester but admitted the game was too open for his liking.

Five goals in a 25-minute spell made for a breathless second half that enthralled the Canaries’ biggest crowd of the season so far. But Lambert joked: “I am only 41 and I want to stay in it a little bit longer and if I have many more like them I won’t see it through to about 44. I can’t have any more of those.”

City trailed inside two minutes to Martyn Waghorn’s goal, Andrew Crofts levelling before the interval. Then came that goal rush after the break.

Lambert explained: “It was too open, probably. It never helped us losing a goal right at the beginning. It’s happened within seconds but all credit to the lads in coming back really strongly.

“Goals do that, they put you on the back foot, but you regroup and go again. As long as you don’t concede a second one when you are still trying to regroup.

“The way we played I thought especially halfway through the first half was more like us. We got a foothold in the game against a team that frustrated us a little bit. Leicester are a good side, a really good side. The only thing is we should have been more comfortable than we were. Leicester were never out of the game, you have got to give them credit, and you were always feeling uneasy because they are a threat.”

Manager Paulo Sousa’s team are still bottom of the Championship but Lambert hopes his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate will revive their fortunes.

“Maybe because I know him really well, I hope he turns it around, I really do,” said Lambert.

City, meanwhile, moved third in the table after nine games.

“It is unbelievable what we have done. It has been extraordinary and if you ask those fans I am pretty sure they loved every minute of it and that is the way Carrow Road should be – it should be rocking the way it is,” said Lambert.

One feature of last night’s win was Adam Drury’s first goal since January 2005.

“It’s brilliant – somebody who has been at the football club for 10 years and the service he has given it and his level of performance has been extraordinary,” said Lambert. “I never have to say anything to Adam Drury really, apart from the first goal – but other than that his performances since I have been here have been of a very high standard.”

The only change from Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Hull was the inclusion of Simeon Jackson in place of Chris Martin in attack, but Lambert did not expand on his thinking behind the switch.

“It’s my prerogative. There is a reason for it – whatever team I think will win a game I play, so it’s my decision,” he said.

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