Paul Lambert refused to point fingers at his players after a heart-breaking 2-0 Premier League defeat to champions Man United today at Old Trafford.

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Anderson’s second half header and a late sidefooted finish from Danny Welbeck ended City’s brave resistance, but the Canaries carved out a number of clear cut chances in the second period. Anthony Pilkington rolled wide with only Anders Lindegaard to beat before a snapshot clipped the inside of the Dane’s right-hand post. Steve Morison also fashioned a clear opening before Anderson’s breakthrough header - but Lambert saluted his men’s bravery.

“I thought we played ever so well and had chances to score before Man United scored,” he said. “You can’t keep them out for 90 minutes the way they play the game and with them being at home. I was proud as anything for what the lads have done. You know if you come to places like this and get opportunities you have to try and take them. But the way we played and the performace you couldn’t ask for any more. That is the game. When you are up against teams like that if you don’t take your chances then it can come back to haunt you.”

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  • Agree (Swiss Canary) it's now not about staying up, but how high we finish. Don't agree (Algarve Canary) that we're 'a decent striker away': Morison, Martin, Holt and not least Jackson - finally making brief debut today - are shaping up, and there's genuine ability to score goals beyond the strikers. OTBC :)

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    Tim Powell

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • Michael Owen tweeted: "Norwich played well today. Denied us space in the dangerous areas. They stand a good chance of staying up on that evidence." Thanks, Michael, but I think that if the City players build on their impressive performances to date and have the confidence to finish as collectively and as clinically as the top teams in the Premiership (as they have done in the lower leagues for the past two seasons), then they are able to do more than just avoid relegation, and will.

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    Robin Hood

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • Took alot of stick from the Man u fans at work on friday night(not that any of them come from Lancashire). Talked city up saying how city where going to give man u a game. Can walk into work monday head high. OTBC.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • Clearly Paul Lambert worked out how to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, and if our young, improving strikers had that extra bit of composure and vision that you need to be a Rooney or a Tevez, it would have worked. It looks as though this is gradually turning into one of the great Norwich teams and it's certainly a fascinating and exciting time to be a Norwich fan.

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    Sean Kaye-Smith

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • Good thing anout living near Manchester is getting immediate feedback from United fans. General opinion is that we were excellent in the bulid-up + only our finishing let us down. Great effort from the lads. Much to be proud of in this performance + rather less damage done to our reputation than when 1p5wich visited OT !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • Norwegian TV-pundit Erik Thorstvedt (ex spurs goalkeeper) at half time: "Paul Lambert is a genius! He will eventually lose this game, but I can see this team establish themselves in the upper half of the Premiership table for years to come." Surely, he got it right about both Lambert and losing, so I might as well trust him on the rest.

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    Helge Valvik

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • It's not about if we will stay up anymore, it's about how high we finish.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • Happy the way team team played on the whole, very happy that Simeon Jackson came on... YARMY!

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • The good thing is that we are making really good chances against teams like this!! I reckon that we are a decent striker away from being a good mid table Premiership team

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • Glad that we are showing that we can compete with teams at this level. There won't be many teams that come to OT and come away with points. Unfortunately, for all our good play the reality is we didn't get a point. Still, manager and team are learning and improving just as they did last year. I still think that avoiding relegation is our key target for the season, and at the moment I would say that there are definitely 3 teams who are worse than us. Key game coming up at Carrow Rd in a couple of weeks and then go for a result against a vulnerable looking LFC.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • Hold on,, still only won 2 games so far

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    billythebookie

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • I'm also holding on to the thought that our 2 wins and 2 draws to date has given us a rightful position in mid-table. Two wins took you from relegation to lower-mid-table last season in the Premiership, and only one win spanned 8th to 14th position. Everything outside the top six will be up for grabs again this season. It's all to play for and we have players who have shown that they can play - and want to win. That's why we're where we are and why we'll do well.

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    Robin Hood

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

  • So proud of norwich this season and could of got something out of this game. Keep it going and we won't be going anywhere near the championship

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    david106

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

  • We're all disappointed that the ball never went in the net... BUT if any "supporters" feel let down by any of our players at Old Trafford, I apologise on behalf of those players that they are not established premiership performers ... YET... I agree with Lambert that they were all great.

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    geoffparfitt

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

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