Sunday 19 November 2017

Norwich end jinx

Mark Staniforth

Norwich boss Paul Lambert hailed his side's resilience after goals from Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson at the Reebok Stadium shattered a 17-year hoodoo.

The Canaries' win over Bolton was the club's first away from home in the top flight since victory at Crystal Palace in 1994 -- not that the history-making bothered Lambert.

"I just got told about it (the record) the other night," he said. "I don't really bother about things like that because I wasn't here. I've never had a problem with confidence. They seem to bounce back whether they draw or get beaten, and that is testament to the way they played today."

Lambert made six changes to the side beaten at home by West Brom last weekend and insisted that his decision to do so had been vindicated.

"Sometimes you have to make these decisions. I explained them to the lads and they know exactly why I've done it. They have been brilliant about it."

Lambert's side had to hang on through some nervous moments after Martin Petrov reduced the deficit for Bolton with his 64th-minute penalty.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle described Ivan Klasnic's sending-off in first-half injury-time as "an act of folly". That hindered his side's attempts to make a comeback, although a superb last-ditch save from John Ruddy thwarted lively substitute David Ngog to deny Bolton a point.

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