Lambert bemoans denied penalty
Paul Lambert has hailed Norwich for securing a 'monumental' result at Arsenal but claims they were denied a definite penalty.
Last Updated: 05/05/12 4:33pm
Paul Lambert hailed his Norwich side for securing a 'monumental' result at Arsenal but claims his side were denied what he feels was a definite penalty.
The Canaries produced a spirited display at Emirates Stadium, with Steve Morison coming off the bench to net a late goal and peg the Gunners back to a 3-3 draw.
However, manager Lambert feels Norwich were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty late in the first half when Laurent Koscielny appeared to tug the shirt of Russell Martin in the box.
And he feels Arsenal's own calls for a spot-kick after an apparent foul on Robin van Persie were unfounded.
"I thought we should have had a penalty," Lambert told Sky Sports. "You saw it - it's a stonewall penalty.
"No doubt Arsenal will start to moan about the one they never got but, if you look at it, Gervinho is offside so I think they might be clutching at straws with that one."
The boss added of his side's display: "I thought we were absolutely brilliant. I would never criticise anything that they've done for me, this football club.
"They've been absolutely brilliant. They looked threatening every time they went forward.
"They never know when they're beat, which is a great trait in any footballer. The hunger is there for them, they're young lads but they've got ability.
"Nobody can point the finger and say we never deserved anything."
Norwich had travelled to North London already safe in the knowledge they have secured Premier League football for another season following their promotion last year.
Lambert believes Saturday's result was all the more remarkable given the difference in status between the two clubs, with Arsenal challenging for UEFA Champions League football.
He added of the result: "It's monumental. The gulf between the two clubs is a stratosphere away.
"You see it when you walk in, it's absolutely dripping with quality, the playing surface is top class. But any given day you can take anybody on."