Norwich City boss Lambert hails special group of players
PUBLISHED: 18:12 29 October 2011 | UPDATED: 18:25 29 October 2011
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Norwich boss Paul Lambert insisted he has a special group of players after another trademark late comeback rescued a Premier League point against Blackburn.
Rovers were heading for their first away league win of the season until Grant Holt slotted a stoppage time penalty after Steven Nzonzi was penalised for handball.
Junior Hoilett fired Blackburn in front at the end of the first period before Steve Morison’s half volley dragged Norwich level. City were then hit by two goals inside two minutes just after the hour with Yakubu and Chris Samba capitalising on poor defending.
Bradley Johnson’s deflected strike gave City hope and Holt capped a remarkable comeback in front of the Barclay.
“I don’t know how long I have been here, two, two and a half years and it has been like that here from day one. We never give up,” he said. “It’s amazing what that can do for you but I feel ability-wise we have a really good side but we have a great spirit and desire to try and win games.”
Lambert conceded Nzonzi’s handball decision went in his side’s favour.
“I think the way the first five games of the seoson went with all the penalty decisions perhaps we got a break from that,” he said. “I’m delighted to get it because we have five against us. For me, I thought we were the best team in the first half and we got caught with the classic sucker punch. That is what happens in the Premier against top level players but I felt we had bossed the game. We lost a goal, had to re-group and the lads came out and gave it a go in the second half.”
Rovers’ counterpart Steve Kean was unhappy at the decision to award a spot kick deep into added on time.
“Steven was pushed in the back and as he span around claiming for a foul and wondering where the ball was, it hits him in the arm,” said Kean. “There is no way he could have meant that and there is no way it was not a foul. Of course it is a hard one to take. We deserved to win the game and we have to take the positives from that. We played good football and would have won the game had it not been for that decision at the end.”