'How can we live with them?' - Norwich City manager Paul Lambert praises 'brilliant' Manchester City

The Canaries fell to a 5-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium against the big-spending Premier League leaders on Saturday but the Scot was 'delighted' with his side's performance

By Greg Stobart at Etihad Stadium

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert admitted his side could not live with Manchester City after their 5-1 defeat on Saturday.

City produced a thumping victory over the Canaries thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson.

Lambert felt the Premier League leaders produced a “first class” class display but warned City boss Roberto Mancini there is a long way to go in the title race.

“They are a top, top side,” Lambert told reporters. “Their movement is brilliant – but you don't help yourself when you concede the goals we did today.

“Mario Balotelli came on [as] a substitute and how much did he cost? How can you live with that?

“There are some great teams up there and five points is nothing. I'm sure the Manchester City manager knows that there's a long way to go in the title race.

Despite the heavy defeat, Lambert was pleased with his side's attitude in a game Norwich were never expected to take points from.

“As a team, I was delighted we kept going,” Lambert added. “We win together and we lose together. The priority for us is to stay in the league.

“We defended really well early on. If you play them at their own game, they will pick you apart. They were first class. Not many teams will come here and take them on.”