Steve Morison’s late strike was enough to earn the Canaries a share of the spoils, although his manager was aggrieved not to have won a penalty in the first halfNorwich boss Paul Lambert hailed his side’s display against Arsenal as “the best performance of the season” after a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
A double from Robin van Persie looked to have earned the Gunners all three points after the visitors had led at half-time, but substitute Steve Morison struck six minutes from time to ensure the Canaries returned to Norfolk with a deserved point.
Norwich recorded a memorable 2-1 win against Tottenham in their last visit to the capital, but Lambert believes Saturday’s display to be the pinnacle of their impressive season.
He told ESPN after the match: “That was our best performance of the season. We were absolutely brilliant, it surpassed the performance at White Hart Lane.”
Both sides had strong shouts for a penalty waved away by referee Anthony Taylor, with Russell Martin being hauled down by Laurent Koscielny in the first half before Van Persie was bundled over by Kyle Naughton late on.
Lambert felt aggrieved that his side were denied the chance from the spot, which could have given them a two-goal lead at half-time.
“We should've had a penalty, it was a stone-waller,” he said. “No doubt Arsenal will be wondering about the one they never got but if you look at it, Gervinho was offside.”
Substitute Steve Morison was the hero for the Canaries, drilling home six minutes from time to earn his side a point and the Wales striker praised his side’s character after Arsenal took an early lead, and identified the visitors’ pressing game as the key to the result.
“It was a great performance, it matched the one at White Hart Lane,” said the 28-year-old.
“It’s a fantastic pitch out there, you can't let them get their game going. They scored early and I think everyone thought ‘That’s it’, but we kept to our game plan, kept pushing and scored three great goals.”
Morison insisted that their tireless display at the Emirates was indicative of his side’s commitment throughout the campaign, despite their season effectively coming to a close when they secured top-flight survival some weeks ago.
“The gaffer picks a team to win the game, and it’s down to the players when we cross that white line,” he added.
“We’ve shown our hunger and team spirit all year - we're safe, pretty comfortable in the league and we’re still going at teams like that.
“[Our target was] safety, 40 points, and we've done it with four or five to spare. We could've sat back but as a footballer you don't enjoy it unless you're winning.”
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