Norwich boss Paul Lambert conceded his men were a long way second best in today’s 3-0 Premier League home defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road.

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Luis Suarez underlined his fearsome reputation with a hat-trick that had Norwich defensive errors at source for all three goals. Lambert acknowledged for the second consecutive weekend the Canaries had suffered self-inflicted blows against the FA Cup finalists.

“We were beaten by the better team,” he said. “We lost goals that were disappointing but there are not many times I have walked away from here disappointed - but tonight I am. That is the game. I can’t be too critical with the team because they have put the club where they are today. We made three bad mistakes for the goals but I won’t blame any individuals or the team. We lost three battles. Every game we have to be bang at it. If you’re not, then things like that can happen. You are up against that magnitude of team and that calibre of player. If we are not at our level we get beat.

“The finishing was great but it should never have happened in the first place. What is said in the dressing room always stays in the dressing room. I never get too low with a defeat just as I don’t get too high with a win. Those lads have put the club where it is today. You pick yourself up, you go again.”

Lambert confirmed after the game defender Adam Drury had been withdrawn with a suspected groin injury but City’s medical staff will have to assess whether the left-back’s season is finished over the next few days.

37 comments

  • Why or why does he insist on playing that DONKEY up front, weak points for me are Morison, Ward. Good points for me are Elliot Bennett, and Jonny Howson, What on earth did Holt, hoolahan, Surman, Wilbrahan do not to get in the starting 11? As for simeon Jackson not even on the bench! nice BMW by the way Simeon!, to be honest we looked like a reserve side out there yesterday (SAT)

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Maybe next year we can drop an email to Sky asking not to be televised at all. Do we ever play well when we are on the TV?

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    DaveG

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • My ideal at the start of the season was staying up and avoiding the Europa League, a real distraction that we do not have the squad for. So it looks like we will achieve that, but we do need to upgrade over the summer. There is criticism of our policy of buying hopefulls from the lower leagues rather than proven performers, but where was the budget for that? I think Ryan Bennet will come good next season but our biggest let-down has been a defence that gives up far too many chances for the players that we are up against. I am also mystified at the choice of starting strikers but there must be more to it than I can see from my armchair I suppose.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, April 30, 2012

  • Our two overseas correspondents appear to be drinking out of glasses that are half empty. I'm a little closer to home and thankfully my glass is half full. We have a great manager who has improved the squad every year for the past 3 seasons and he will do the same this summer. We are in the Prem in August and therefore PL has funds to spend before then, he knows our weaknesses and he will correct them, in that I have no doubt. ILWT.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Howson looks to be a very good buy and thought he was the best of a bad bunch.ward and morisson im afraid are not prem players but ryan bennett is still learning and will be another good buy.clear out three of the strikers to buy two who know how to score goals!one thing i noticed yesterday was that lambert kept in the dugout most of the match.was it because of the rain??

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    tonyb

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Elliott Ward is a liability and Ryan Bennett isn't ready for Premier League football. We simply must strengthen this area and try to sign Kyle Naughton on a permanent basis. Elliott Bennett, Howson and Pilks look like decent players for the future, but Bradley Johnson and Steve Morison are passengers, in my opinion.

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    troublesome1

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • It's 2pm on Sunday and Chelsea are 3 nil up against QPR - My O-level in maths tells me we are going to be safe in an hour or so...OTBC!!!!

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    JMH

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • here they go again,having a go at morison.he covered a hell of a lot of ground yesterday.worked his socks off.did anyone else see him back in his own penalty,heading clear?if anyone deserves to be blamed look at ward.we should all be gratefull that we are still in the prem.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • This was not a great performance - there is much hard work to do over the summer - otherwise this time next year we will be deeply involved in the relegation dog-fight !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Make that 4-0 - Can't see qpr scoring 5 somehow...right who do we think is going down?

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    JMH

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • why does holt keep getting dropped,surely he should be first name on team sheet,we have to get rid of morrison he is useless,,hope we can keep lambert another 2 years at least

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    jmm

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Thank you Chelsea, we are safe. Now the re-building starts for next season - who stays, who goes? We need someone with authority in defense who can marshal those around him. And will Naughton get bought? Chris Martin will be back, do we keep him?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • So, can someone explain why the only person in the team proven to regularly score in the P.L. is left sitting on the bench for the first hour whilst Morison, who contrary to Bluelights comment, did not work his socks off, but ambled around waiting to be served the ball on a plate. Why oh why do City persist in playing him? Now a plea to the city players, Can we have a week without one or another of you telling us 'we just were not good enough. We need to improve'. We, the fans know that. We witnessed it again. Instead of talking the talk, get on and walk the walk and show us what we know you can do! Oh and also, can everyone please stop saying, 'look how far we've come'. The distance we have travelled is history. We are a PL club now so lets start to look like 'one of the Big Boys, as McNally would put it. What a sad end to a good season. It all went wrong when PL tried to get clever V Leicester in the cup. Never been good enough since. nd

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    MickH

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Why would having an opinion about the tacticsplayers of your favourite team suggest that "you think you're a football manager"? As we pay the players wages + the running costs of the club out of our own hard earned cash, it would be quite extraordinary if we didn't have an opinion on the subject. Unless of course, you'd prefer it if NCFC had no accountability at all to it's fans, many of whom have supported the club for decades before we'd even heard of Paul Lambert ?

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    Timbo

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Great result !! Just in case we ended the season thinking we were good, (remember all that talk of whether or not the Europa League would be a good or bad thing) this really does make the powers that be truly know that if we want to survive in the Premier League action needs to taken. If we had won today, or even drawn, some people might of thought all we need to do is tweak one or two things NOT SO !!!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • That old song by Johnnie Rae, Just walking in the rain, trying to forget, watching Ruddy picking, ball from the net. How many goals let in from the last three games? Don't keep making excuses, pull y'er fingers out, the boss P.L. deserves much better for what you get paid for.

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    Paul Platten

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • I can just about handle losing against Liverpool , but in that manner ? No way . Remember Fulham 6-0 a few years back ? The game yesterday was the same , utter defeatism . We had one Goalie,8 in midfield,and the rest were on a break . Where the hell were the players that actually make a difference ? PL got the tactics and team badly wrong , there was no passion or heart in the team , and that really hurts .

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    martin addams-smith

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Paul Lambert is correct...Liverpool made us look 2nd best, across the park. He is also correct to keep his comments in the dressing room. Unless we are incredibly unlucky, we will stagger over the finishing line this season, having done incredibly well early on. Is our team exhausted from its herculean efforts early on? Maybe. There is undoubted talent in there, but there are also some that have reached their limits.The measure of Paul Lambert will be in successfully replacing the weaker links, especially in finding a striker to support Grant Holt. Currently, we look toothless up front.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Im also very disappointed with the last few games, but only because i want us to do so well. The goalkeeper is such an easy target, even more so when he has not had a solid defence in front of him. I honestly dont think John is ready for england just yet, but he is still young and has risen above all his setbacks in recent years. who do you think is the best keeper in England? My choice would be Paul Robinson, everytime ive watched hin he´s been outstanding

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Oh, and another thing, what about trying Vaughan and Jackson together up front in one of the last 2 matches? And last home match, go 3 up front with them either side of Holt?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Admittedly a poor performance but to criticise Ryan Bennett is unfair. The lad has made the huge leap of stepping up two divisions and was playing against one of the best strikers in Europe having only started a handful of Prem matches. He will come good with time.

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    Cap Canary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • We got the result we wanted from this season. The glass is half empty unless you are in the 'little old Norwich' camp. We are in the premiership by right - in order to stay there by the end of next season - we need to improve our personnel and our tactics. Yes we have come a long way - the toughest job is to stay there. Let's not give up now. This is the start of a new era. OTBC!

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    JMH

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • Great effort but Bennett and Ward simply are not good enough for the Prem and we have again paid for poor defending,since Whitbred went missing we have not been the same at the bak.j

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    dave123

    Saturday, April 28, 2012

  • We may be staying up, Liverpool may have played superbly but so disappointed to see our half hearted tired effort. Come on boys those points are still so important to us with 2 big games to go. OTBC!! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • and what good is morrison in our penalty area (bluelight)? morrison is a centre forward we bought him to score goals, when playing at home you do not want to see your only centre forward in your own box, completely useless

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    jmm

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Let's not get downhearted lads. PL has performed a miracle. At the start of the season NCFC were the bookies' favourite to go straight back down. If someone had guaranteed finishing in 17th spot on goal difference, you'd have snatched their arm off. PL has had only a small change budget compared to most teams in the Prem. Norwich's whole team cost less than half of one Balotelli - and much better value too! There's every chance that PL will have a bigger budget next season and will work an even bigger miracle! It's time to organise another open-topped bus parade around the city. OTBC!!!!!!!

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    Aston Bungalow

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Spot on Timbo a true fan with true feelings, me too. I think maybe i was having a dig at the partimers sorry if i upset you, im 53 so you can probably work out how long ive supported the yellows. this has been great this sason ive loved the highs and lows. great to be back with the best

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Team looked tired and any sign of flowing football was gone. Have seen some really good football from City at times this season but today they had no spark at all. Liverpool players made to look like Usane Bolt and got to the ball first nearly everytime. For two or three players I'm afraid the Prem. is a step too far. I counted 3 shots on goal with only one on target. Poor showing today, couldn't name one City outstanding player.

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    goldie

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • No chance of loosing PL as mgr..... 2 wins in last 12 and conceeded 24 goals against!

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • The higher Norwich finish in the premier the more money they have to buy new players. - Not a good incentive for many of the present Norwich players to do well.

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    Indiabill

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • PL will need to look to bring in 2x full backs, possibly 3x midfield players, one of whom is a muscular holding player, and 2x forwards. The question is, where from? Scotland - Rangers possibly, or Celtic if Champions League round one is not enough reason to stay; the Championship League One - as he has done the past couple of years; or even the Continent? Perhaps some link up with Dortmund would be interesting. Maybe one or two from the relegated sides, as long as they do not have a record of being relegated previously - Fletcher at Wolves also went 'down' with Burnley. He will keep it all close to his chest, and expect at least one 'favourite' to leave over the summer.

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Absolute Rubbish again.If the donkey needs some execise let it out in a paddock. Not Carrow Road!!

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    MickH

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Also, i´m not sure what lines of work you guys are in, but, you all seem to be of the opinion that you are premiership managers. Do you think thtas easy too sitting in our arm chairs?

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • The nfact is we have lost our last three game and only scored1 and conceded 11 the lack of class showed yesterday and I feel very concerned about next season

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • perhaps pL's mind was on something else?thought his selection was wrong again with out of sorts morisson up front on his own.three defenders,two midfielders and two strikers are needed in the summer without doubt.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • A very disappointing end of season. Who would bet against another loss to Arsenal this coming Saturday? Pretty dreadful defending since Whitbread, Ayala and Tierney were injured - Ryan Bennett pitched in far too soon. Nothing worth mentioning up front apart from Grant Holt. Serious need for strengthening in both these areas over the summer>

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    canary tifoso

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

  • Money, of which we should have a little, needs to be spent on proven quality defenders either out of contract at another Prem League club or abroad, South America or Africa, not a promising youngster from the lower leagues, which rarely works. Yes we are probably safe but it should have been wrapped up weeks ago. We are now going to stagger over the line when we should be strolling. A phenomenal achievement to have come this far in so short a time, lets not blow it now. .

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    stayingup

    Sunday, April 29, 2012

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