Norwich boss Paul Lambert paid tribute to Andrew Crofts after his two goals beat Sheffield United.
Norwich boss thrilled with win
Norwich boss Paul Lambert paid tribute to Andrew Crofts after his two goals gave them a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.
Crofts' brace now puts the Canaries into third place in the Championship, but they had to wait until the second half to make any impression at Bramall Lane after a below par showing in the opening 45 minutes.
Ched Evans had given the Blades the lead, but former Brighton midfielder Crofts continued his goalscoring exploits to win it for his side and make it six for the season.
"He's created a niche for himself. I think he's one of the best midfielders in the league," said Lambert.
"His all-round game is top-class. I could be biased and every manager will have their own perception of each individual, but in my view he is becoming a really, really top footballer."
Lambert saw his side rise from the ashes out of League One last season and is in with a very realistic shout of reaching the Premier League next season; something the Scot was taking pride in due to most of his squad being from the lower leagues.
"Most of the lads are untried at this level, but my God they are taking to it brilliantly.
"You look at the lads I've taken, they've got great hunger and they deserve every bit of credit that comes their way.
"It's incredible what we have done from where we have come from. In the second half we were excellent."
United boss Micky Adams was unhappy with the officials, who he felt should have chalked off both of Crofts' goals for fouls in the run-up to them as they struggle at the bottom end of the division.
"With the first one, leading up to the corner, there's quite clearly a trip on Kyle Bartley which the referee missed," he said.
"It goes out for a corner and the ball then comes in to the box and there is a foul on (goalkeeper Steve) Simonsen in our view.
"Then the second goal, Ched Evans clears the ball and their fella jumps into him. It's a foul, but he (referee Andy Haines) has missed it again.
"When you are down at the bottom it goes against you, but you hope over the course of a season it evens itself out.
"It's a cruel game and I thought that for long periods we dominated and just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net.
"We needed a goal in the first half, but having said that I thought it was the best we've played since I've been here.
"We've played a top-five side today and, at times, made them look average, so I think that's got to be encouraging for us.
"We've got to stick together. What we need now is strong leadership and the players will certainly get that from me."