Norwich manager Paul Lambert insisted his side fully deserved their 2-1 injury-time win over Reading which sees the Canaries move up to third in the npower Championship.

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury put the Canaries in front after 16 minutes with a simple tap-in following Wes Hoolahan's cross but Shane Long hit back 10 minutes later for Reading. The Royals looked to have done enough to earn themselves a point but Grant Holt popped up with the winner for Norwich in the fourth minute of added time.

Lambert said: "I thought we were excellent and deserved to win the game. I have got a great belief in the lads that they will always keep going right until the last kick of the game. What you saw here proved that again."

He added: "It's not down to pot luck. It's down to the never-say-die attitude of the players and how much they want to win games.

"It wasn't easy for us because Reading came and matched our system and tried to hit us on the counter attack.

"It was difficult to play against, but I thought we would have won a lot more convincingly if it hadn't been for their goalkeeper, who was excellent."

Reading manager Brian McDermott blasted his side's failure to see out games after watching his side concede yet another late goal.

He said: "In our last three games, we've let in one after 97 minutes against Cardiff, one after 82 against QPR, and now one after 94 today.

"It's really costing us, and it can't keep going on like this, we know that.

"But having said that, I am really proud of the players today for the way they performed against a very good side who I am sure are going to be close to going up at the end of the season. I really couldn't have asked any more from them."

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