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Lambert still '100 per cent confident' of Norwich survival after Newcastle loss

Canaries boss lauds his players following their endeavours on Tyneside and remains optimistic about their ability to halt slide down table

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert insisted he has “no fear” about the Canaries' ability to avoid relegation from the Premier League following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United.

The Scot remained bullish about his team’s survival prospects even though they have taken just one point from their last four games and have slipped to 13th in the league with the loss on Tyneside.

“They don’t need me to stand in there and say they were unlucky but that performance will give everyone a big lift,” Lambert told reporters.

“We were excellent against Manchester United and lost that as well but in the last couple of weeks that is as good as we have played.

“I always am confident. We have a good lead and we will be fine. I have a great belief in the lads. I trust them 100 per cent that we will win more games than not. I have great trust in them the way they are playing the game. I have no fears.

“I have no worries that we will maintain the necessary momentum because we have been playing well all season. I don’t have a problem with that.

“We are sitting a few points behind, for instance, Swansea, who are sitting eighth and we are just three behind them. We will keep on going. There are still a lot of games to play but we are playing really well.”

Lambert went on to lament striker Steve Morison's late miss but remained buoyant about his side's performance at St James' Park.

“Our play merited something but it was not too be,” Lambert added. “I am disappointed to lose like anybody but not disappointed with the way we played because we too the game to them and that was against a team that is playing very well themselves.

“From our point of view it was a poor goal. We switched off. We should have got tighter in the box. When you concede a goal that early you are never sure how people are going to react but I am delighted with the way we came back.

“I am delighted with the way the played. We were up against a very good side with massive support. John Ruddy made a couple of great saves early on but he has been playing well for us and we have come to expect him to do it.

“But we never sat back and we tried to win the match and on another day we might have got something.”