Lambert hails his derby destroyers

21 April 2011 11:30
Paul Lambert hailed his "extraordinary" Norwich team after they romped to a 5-1 victory in the East Anglia derby against Ipswich at Portman Road and moved up into second place in the npower Championship. The Canaries - looking to become the first team in a decade to win successive promotions from the third to top tier of English football - took the lead through Andrew Surman on 13 minutes. An own goal from Gareth McAuley, turning in David Fox's corner, doubled Norwich's advantage before half an hour was on the clock. Simeon Jackson made it 3-0 on 73 minutes and although Town midfielder Jimmy Bullard crashed in a 25-yard effort, full-back Russell Martin swept home a fourth. Substitute Daniel Pacheco, on loan from Liverpool, chalked up number five in stoppage-time after Jackson hit the bar to move Norwich two points above Cardiff, who play leaders Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday. "No game is easy and you have to earn the right to win football matches. I thought my team were extraordinary, the football they played," said Lambert. "It was incredible right from the off. We were up against a team which has been on fire lately and a vibrant crowd. To come here and do what we have done was a big, big test of character and the performance was excellent." "The thing is noticeable is they are playing without fear. At this stage of the season, it may get a bit edgy, but the way the lads are going at the minute is extraordinary."

Source: PA