Date: 21st September 2009 at 1:26pm
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City boss Paul Lambert has heaped praise on Grant Holt after the Canary striker created one and scored the injury-time leveller in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Charlton at the weekend.

Holt’s equaliser sealed an excellent comeback for the hosts who found themselves 2-0 down against the league leaders before half-time, and speaking to the Evening News afterwards Lambert could not hide his delight.

‘I thought he was a handful the whole game,’ he said.

‘I thought him and Hoolahan were excellent, and Darel Russell coming back – Darel hasn’t trained, hasn’t really kicked a ball in earnest due to his calf but I thought he was exceptional.

‘Hoolahan coming in was absolutely top-class and Grant was as robust as anything. He is a handful to play against, that’s for sure.

‘He was brilliant. He might not be the greatest player, finesse wise, but I’ll tell you what, for workrate and an ethic and hunger and desire, I would rather have him in the side than not. Fantastic.’

It was Holt’s sixth goal of the season but the man himself he was quick to refute suggestions from the Addicks that the goal should not have stood.

‘It’s a goal that the referee has given and it’s a valid goal,’ he commented.

‘Goalies nowadays get pampered with things like that and they go and smash into people and get away with it.

‘Just because he’s come and missed it doesn’t mean that the referee should pull him out of the sticky stuff. It’s just bad goalkeeping at the end of the day and we’re happy in that we got the draw – I think if we’d scored 10, 15 minutes earlier we’d have won the game.’

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