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Lambert refuses to take credit

Paul Lambert declined the credit for Norwich’s 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers after his substitutes combined for the winning goal.

Visitors QPR were holding Norwich at 1-1 with 30 minutes remaining in Saturday’s English Premier League match at Carrow Road.

Lambert introduced Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt in the 70th minute, and the newcomers proceeded to link up for the decisive goal three minutes after coming on.

But the Norwich manager was not interested in taking the plaudits for the tactical switch that led to Holt’s winner.

“It’s the players that go and do it,” Lambert said.

“They are the most important people at the club, along with the people that come and watch it.”

“I have trust when we go on the field of play that they are going to perform and I’ve done that for the past two years.”

“I have trusted them and they have just been a brilliant, brilliant group to work with.”

While his team had gone ahead through Russell Martin’s 14th-minute goal, Lambert felt QPR were worthy opponents throughout the contest.

“For 10 to 15 minutes QPR put us on the back foot, but they are a really good side,” he said.

“You can see why with the players that they have got and they were really, really good.”

“But, after that, I thought we regrouped and deserved to win the game.”

QPR boss Neil Warnock was left frustrated after his team’s positive performance failed to yield any reward.

“I am disappointed really,” he said.

“At half-time I said to the lads I would be disappointed to get away with a point despite us being behind.”

“I wanted to win the game. There was nothing I saw in the second half that changed my mind.”

“I feel like I have been robbed but if you don’t defend better than we did with the two goals then you don’t deserve to win.”

“I can’t really repeat what I said to the players after the game.”

Sat 26 November, 2011
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