Norwich will appeal Russell's red

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Norwich manager Paul Lambert will be appealing against Darel Russell's red card during the home defeat against Southampton after labelling referee Russell Booth's decision to send him off 'woeful'.

Lambert had no complaints about the defeat, admitting opponents Southampton were well worth the three points but was quick to take issue with Russell's dismissal in the 63rd minute for catching Morgan Schneiderlin with a raised boot.

"How he can send Darel Russell off for that is beyond me. It was a woeful decision, absolutely bizarre,'' said the Norwich manager.

"The referee couldn't get the red card out quickly enough. He got it out quicker than Paul Daniels. Maybe this game was just too big for him."

He added: "Darel wasn't even looking at the Southampton lad at all. He was just stretching to get the ball to play it off to Chris Martin.

"I just couldn't believe it when I saw the red card. I'll have another look at it but it's something we'll be looking to appeal against.''

Southampton took a deserved lead in the 32nd minute when Lee Barnard nodded home his first goal for the club and Saints sealed the points in the 77th minute when Barnard added his second.

Lambert admitted it had been an off day for his side, who had won 11 home games on the trot before this one.

"I don't think we deserved to get anything out of the game and it's not often that I've said that this season,'' he said. ``We were beaten by the better side on the day but we'll bounce back.

"Every team loses games every now and then, whatever level they play at, and I'm not going to start putting a dampener on what the lads have achieved so far this season just because of one defeat.

"They have done brilliantly and if someone had offered me top spot at this stage of the season back in August I would have taken it.''

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