Paul Lambert maintains Barclays Premier League-bound Norwich have earned the right to tackle teams "on a different stratosphere" after the Canaries signed off from the npower Championship with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Coventry at Carrow Road.

Norwich, who last played among the elite clubs of English football for just one season in 2004/2005, had already secured a second-successive promotion at Portsmouth on Monday night after rivals Cardiff suffered a shock 3-0 home defeat by Middlesbrough.

Lambert said: "We have earned the right to play these teams, like Manchester United, who could be the European champions in a couple of weeks time, and Chelsea, who are on a different stratosphere from us."

He added: "You see week in and week out on TV how good these players and teams are, but we have earned the right and will try everything we can to enjoy it and get results.

"The lads are brilliant people, they really are a tight group, but that was not just made overnight, we had to work at it and get the right people in.

"Football is in your brain, I have worked with some unbelievable managers, taking little bits from them, and I like to think I can get in people's heads a bit.

"The fans have stuck with us and trusted us all in what we have tried to do."

Coventry boss Andy Thorn, meanwhile, hopes the Sky Blues can one day taste the same success as Norwich.

Thorn, appointed 10 games ago, said: "There is a lot of confidence and a strong dressing room here. I am disappointed the season is at an end, as I would have liked to kept going.

"We want to enjoy this sort of occasion ourselves, and I cant see any reason why we cant do that. This is what we want and next season, who knows?"

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