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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Monday, April 9, 2012
Delighted Norwich City boss Paul Lambert insisted the Canaries will aim even higher over the Premier League run-in after claiming Tottenham’s scalp in a memorable win at White Hart Lane.
Elliott Bennett’s first top flight goal sealed a superb awayday success after Jermaine Defoe had cancelled out Anthony Pilkington’s first half opener. City were again involved in fresh refereeing controversy with Michael Oliver turning down a clear penalty shout in the first half when Grant Holt was hauled down by Ledley King - but Lambert was relieved that it had no real bearing on the final outcome.
“That wouldn’t have looked out of place at Murrayfield, that tackle. How he’s missed that, I don’t know? Everyone in the ground saw that,” he said. “My own view was that was a penalty, but we didn’t get it and we got hurt the other end. They’re a fabulous side, Tottenham. Top side, top manager, everything going for them. We changed the team around a little bit, give the lads a rest from the Everton game with Man City in mind. We’ve been playing really well, the football we’ve been playing has been excellent and I think we’ve got to go for it.
“To beat Tottenham in their own back yard is incredible for us, but the performance was right up there. I couldn’t even spell Tottenham three years ago. I thought (Antonio) Valencia’s goal against Blackburn was top drawer but I thought that was an absolute bullet from Benno. They deserve all the praise that’s coming at them.
“We’ll try and finish as high up as we can. We’ve beaten a top four side, which is incredible for us away from home. I have targets in my head. The obstacles I’ve put in front of my lads they’ve always jumped them. Top 10? I don’t worry about that. I just want to be safe. I can see your headline, ‘Lambert says we want the Champions League’. We’ve won a game of football against a fabulous side, but I just want to try and survive.”