Norwich City boss Paul Lambert left to rue 'magnificent' Manchester City masterclass
PUBLISHED: 16:12 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 13:06 16 April 2012
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Paul Lambert admitted the Canaries were taught a brutal lesson in top class finishing after slumping 6-1 to Manchester City in today's Premier League encounter at Carrow Road.
Carlos Tevez continued his rehabilitation after returning to the first team fold with a hat-trick whilst Argentinian international team mate Sergio Aguero plundered a brace and Adam Johnson completed the rout in stoppage time for Roberto Mancini’s rampant side.
The hosts looked to have found a way back into the contest when half-time arrival Andrew Surman reduced the arrears after Tevez and Aguero had underlined their reputations as two of the best hitmen in the business.
The South American duo struck again twice in the space of two minutes before Tevez pounced on indecision from Ryan Bennett and Johnson finished off a flowing move triggered by the excellent Aguero. Lambert conceded the Canaries had been blown away in the final quarter.
“The last 20 minutes I was disappointed. For the first 70 minutes I thought we were right in the game,” he said. “At 2-1 we were in the game and the lads were in the ascendancy but three goals in seven minutes were poor from our point of view - but I am not going to criticise the team. They have been excellent. The first two goals were absolute rockets, fabulous strikes. But the good thing about it was we never wilted.
“You look at their front four lads and they are definitely top, top players. Second half, I thought we got back into it really well and we were right in the game but when you are playing against that sort of calibre that is what can happen. I thought the team against Spurs deserved the right to go again, but we looked tired towards the end of the first half so we changed it a little bit.”