West Brom v Norwich reaction

Goalkeeper John Ruddy tipped a shot from Albion’s Peter

Odemwingie on to the bar and Canaries midfielder Andrew Surman then

cleared James Morrison’s drive off the line before volleying the

43rd minute opener which handed the visitors the advantage.

The Baggies continued to press after the break and Shane Long

came off the bench to equalise with a penalty in the 68th following

Daniel Ayala’s foul on Jerome Thomas – but a breakaway at the other

end 11 minutes from time saw Steve Morison nod in the winner from a

Grant Holt cross.

It was a second consecutive away win for Norwich, who remain

ninth in the table, and Lambert said: “It was an absolutely

fantastic result.

“I thought the lads were excellent. They defended really

strongly when they had to and counter-attacked really quickly,

which was great.

“With the first goal Wes Hoolahan plays in the cross and it

still has to be finished, which Surman does perfectly well.

“For the second, Holt does fantastically for us and then what a

header from Morison, because he has to get above a defender and

beat the goalkeeper.

“I am absolutely delighted. The lads put their bodies on the

line and Ruddy was on top of his game – great credit to the lads

for the way they defended.”

The Canaries – promoted to the top-flight last summer just a

year after they gained entry to the Championship by winning the

League One title – were tipped by many in pre-season to struggle

this term, but they now have an impressive total of 28 points from

21 Premier League games.

The progress of Lambert’s side shows little sign of slowing,

although the Scot is adamant he is not about to start looking up

the table rather than down.

“I’m pretty sure everyone thought we would be in the bottom

three at this point,” Lambert said.

“We came up from League One really quick, so to be ninth is

terrific for this team.

“I never look upward, I just concentrate on us and where we are

going to finish. We will see.”

The result was 15th-placed West Brom’s third defeat in a row in

the league and leaves them five points above the relegation

zone.

Albion boss Roy Hodgson felt the outcome was harsh on his team

but admits the Baggies need to turn things around quickly.

“I thought the way we equalised was a just reward for the effort

that we that made, but then we got caught on another counter-attack

and Norwich were able to hang on for the victory,” Hodgson

said.

“I’m sure with their organisation and determination, their

manager feels they deserved it, but for us, it feels a bit

harsh.

“There was a ball cleared off the line and their goalkeeper made

a couple of good saves, whereas ours wasn’t really involved too

much.

“But that’s football – we have to get over it, deal with it and

try to get ourselves back into winning ways, in particular at The

Hawthorns.”