Lambert pleased with Pilkington
Canaries boss feels Rangers win was well-deserved
Last Updated: January 2, 2012 7:07pm
Norwich manager Paul Lambert heaped praise on goalscorer Anthony Pilkington after the Canaries overturned 10-man QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.
Rangers went a man down in the 36th minute when Joey Barton, who had netted an early opener, was given his marching orders after the referee ruled he had tried to headbutt Bradley Johnson.
Pilkington snatched an equaliser for the visitors six minutes later then set up substitute Steve Morison for the winner in the dying stages of the encounter.
Lambert was delighted by the young winger's contribution after he inspired the Canaries' first win in five Premier League games.
He told Sky Sports: "It was a brilliant goal from Pilkington. I thought he was excellent the whole game.
"It was an equalising goal and a fantastic finish (and) he set up the second one for Morison."
The tactician made a triple substitution in the second half, introducing Morison, Wes Hoolahan and David Fox, and he was pleased to see his strategy pay off.
"We just thought the three of them might give us something else and so it proved to be," he added.
"I thought we deserved to win the game. I think we used the extra man really well."
QPR boss Neil Warnock was left fuming with Barton's sending off after it appeared the captain had not touched Johnson.
Lambert says he has not spoken to his player over the incident but was glad he kept his cool.
"I've not really spoken to him," he said. "You've just got to not get involved when that situation arises.
"He kept really good discipline in his game, which is great."