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Lambert slams Wolves 'mindless idiots'

Norwich manager Paul Lambert has lashed out at the Wolves fans who called for Mick McCarthy's head earlier this season.

Some sections of the Wolves support urged the club's board to sack McCarthy in the autumn, after a run of eight games without a win left the midlanders hovering close to the relegation zone.

The matter came to a head in October when McCarthy responded to the criticism by branding a section of the home support as a group of "mindless idiots". Victories over Wigan and Sunderland momentarily lifted the club away from the bottom three and eased the pressure on the former Sunderland boss, but his team now stand just one point outside the drop zone following a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke on Saturday. Another home defeat to Norwich tonight will pile further pressure on McCarthy, but Lambert thinks the criticism has been unfair.

"There is no doubt the criticism was unjust," said Lambert. "Everybody thought that was shocking. I thought it was at the time and I still think that now.

"For what he has done for that club, it just shows you that some people have short memory spans at times. Mick has done a really good job there."

While Wolves hover dangerously close to the relegation zone, Norwich have exceeded all expectations this season, taking points off Liverpool, Newcastle and Everton to move up to ninth in their first top-flight appearance in six years.

The Canaries are seven points clear of the bottom three but Lambert knows a series of poor results over a busy festive period can bring a sudden halt to the upbeat mood around the club.

Yet expectations are rising among the Carrow Road faithful. The Canaries' home record has been the foundation upon which they have built their season so far, but they have only scored nine times and won once on their travels.

"It will be an extremely tough match (against Wolves)," Lambert added. "It's hard with Steven Fletcher and Kevin Doyle up front. They are a really good side and they shouldn't be looked at in any other way." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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