Canaries dig deep
WEST BROM 1 NORWICH CITY 2
Norwich manager Paul Lambert hailed the performance of debutant goalkeeper Jed Steer as his side clinched an FA Cup fifth round spot yesterday. Canaries sub Simeon Jackson netted the winner five minutes from time after Baggies striker Marc-Antoine Fortune had cancelled out Grant Holt's ninth goal of the campaign.
But the visitors' hero was 19-year-old Steer, who produced a series of fine saves -- including two in the closing seconds from Shane Long and Joe Mattock.
"I thought his saves were world class," said Lambert. "He was terrific. It is only one game but he has a great temperament and a great enthusiasm for the game as well which is important.
"He is a really level-headed lad, which is probably more important than anything -- but his handling was brilliant. His two saves (at the end) were exceptional. I'm delighted to go through and glad it never went to a replay. This is a hard place to come and again we came up trumps. We knew what to expect and that the crowd would be vibrant as they showed a fortnight ago," Lambert said.
West Brom Hodgson had sympathy for Albion defender Craig Dawson after his error gifted Jackson his late winner.
"It is one of those no brainer mistakes and I feel sorry for him," he said. "He had not had a bad game up until then. Those errors do occur. I am sad to lose because the performance was one where we did not deserve to lose the game, although we didn't really want to go to Norwich midweek for a replay. But now we can concentrate on our main priority, which is staying in the Premier League."
Hodgson also revealed he has abandoned hopes of signing midfielder Szabolcs Huszti from Zenith St Petersburg before the end of the transfer window.
Sunday Indo Sport