‘We gave everything we had’ – Norwich boss Lambert
AUDIO: Paul Lambert was keen to reflect on the positives as his battling Norwich City side went down to new Championship leaders, Cardiff City.
'You can't give somebody a two-goal start, let alone a team that's going great at the minute, but I thought we were excellent the way we came back and never capitulated or anything like that – but that could easily have been done the way Cardiff have been playing,' said Lambert.
'I felt we played really well the first half – we had a lot of the ball and caused them a lot of problems and on another day we might have got a couple more, but the penalty I thought was strange, but anyway he gave it.'
Elliott Ward's first half handball in the box – moments after Wes Hoolahan had got Norwich back into the game at 2-1 with a great header – saw Peter Whittingham restore Cardiff's two-goal first half advantage.
'You can't say whether it's going to cost you or not, but it certainly contributes to it,' said Lambert.
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'It's hard enough coming here and trying to get the game back at 2-0 down but when you're 3-1 down it's even tougher, but I thought the referee pulled his cards out quicker than Paul Daniels ever does.'
City's false start saw Jay Bothroyd open the scoring after nine minutes – by which time the home side had already gone close from a similar set piece.
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'We should have won the header from the set piece, and the second one was just a straight ball from the goalkeeper into the heart of us.
'But the lads know, they don't need me to stand and tell them exactly what's happened,' said Lambert.
'As I have said before, we've been on a terrific roll since we've been here and we are still up here. You have got to try and be a realist...we gave everything we had.'