No celebrations for goal ace Lambert

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

by Gordon Simpson , Senior Sports Reporter 7:30am Monday 4th February 2013 in Sport

Rickie Lambert admits reaching 100 goals for Saints will hold great significance for him – but he will only reflect on the milestone properly when he retires.

The striker scored for the 99th time in an incredible St Mary’s career when he headed in from close range against Wigan.

It has taken Lambert just three-and-a-half years and 183 league and cup games to move to the cusp of the century mark.

And he is now on the verge of joining an illustrious group that includes club legends Mick Channon, Matt Le Tissier, Terry Paine, Derek Reeves, Ron Davies and Martin Chivers.

The 30-year-old believes it won’t be long until he brings up his ton, and that it will be a wonderful achievement to reflect on.

“I knew I was on 98,” he said after his goal in the 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium. “It would have been nice to score two, but I’m confident it’ll come sooner rather than later, so I’m not going to be stressing over it.

“It would mean a lot. I don’t obviously focus on figures like that, but when I retire that’s when I’ll look back and think ‘that’s a good achievement.’ “Obviously, I’m trying to score to help the team win a game or get a point and that’s what I’ll be looking to do next week – not (simply) to try and get the 100th goal.”

While Lambert had yet another strike to savour, there was no sense of celebration from him after Saturday’s match.

“We’re just frustrated about conceding last minute. It’s a very, very bad goal to give away,” he said.

Lambert added: “We’ve been good of late at not conceding many goals.

“They were poor goals, both of them. “It’s not like us, so we need to get back on the training pitch and get ready for next week.

“Obviously, when the dust settles and you have time to think about it, we’re going to think of it being a good point, but right now it doesn’t feel like that.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow. We should have had three points.

“The performance was brilliant throughout. For 90 minutes we pressed them, we harassed them and we put them under a lot of pressure.

“They’re a really good football team and last time we played them we got taught a lesson, but this time we showed them how good we’ve improved, and we deserved to win.”

Saints’ performances of late, during a run in which they have lost just three of their last 15 matches, have sparked hope that they could soon accelerate well away from the bottom three.

But Lambert issued a reminder that there is still plenty of work to be done before the club can declare victory in their battle for survival.

Despite that good run since early November, Saints are still only three points above the drop zone.

“I know the ambition of this club is to push on, but we all realise the situation we’re in, and we’re nowhere near safe, so our focus is to push away from the relegation zone,” he said.

“At the minute we are in a relegation fight.”

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8:12am Mon 4 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Time for Rickie to be more selfish and grab the opportunities for himself, it must be frustrating to be seeing the chances he has been setting up for his team mates go begging.

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8:43am Mon 4 Feb 13 Puddletown Saint says…

What odds on a Rickie hat trick on Saturday............

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11:51am Mon 4 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Well just a little bit of a fist pump for number 100, towards the fans wouldn't go amiss, give us something to shout about!

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4:12pm Mon 4 Feb 13 SFCOLDBOY says…

OSPREYSAINT wrote…

Well just a little bit of a fist pump for number 100, towards the fans wouldn't go amiss, give us something to shout about!

He did that Saturday to the supporters. Whilst grimacing, he mouthed---"Fu--qin hel" after the keeper kneed him and caught his head whilst scorring. Did he go down crying on the ground----NO. Did he just give his leg a rub followed by one step limp---Yes. He just got on with it. Real------- TOUGH BURGGER He's our talisman, and should continue to be our captain. He is highly respected and inspirational to the team and us supporters. Bring on Mancs we owe you. COYS.

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4:22pm Mon 4 Feb 13 RedArmy1 says…

CELEBRATE WITH STYLE RICKIE !!! ... WITH THE SAINTS FANS. YOU HAVE SHOWN GREAT LEADERSHIP AND REGULARLY SCORE GOALS FOR THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. SAINTS need another STRIKE OPTION and not just rely on RICKIE. RF/RED ARMY 2013. STRIKE-FIGHT-WIN COYR

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7:01pm Mon 4 Feb 13 100%Saint says…

He stands just over 6 foot 3 Rickie, Rickie He'll take us to the premier league Rickie, Rickie He gets the ball, he takes the *?&( He wears the shirt of Matt Le Tiss Rickie Lambert Southampton's goal machine

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7:52pm Mon 4 Feb 13 Skating on thin ice says…

Looking forward to a TON for Rickie! A ton of PIES that is!!

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7:55pm Mon 4 Feb 13 Skating on thin ice says…

The top scoring ENGLISHMAN in the Premier League should be selected to play for ENGLAND against Brazil. Yes, it's a disgrace that Adam Le Fondre has been overlooked again!

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8:14pm Mon 4 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Skating on thin ice wrote…

Looking forward to a TON for Rickie! A ton of PIES that is!!

If you can bear to do it have a look at the OS Gallery :- http://www.saintsfc. co.uk/news/article/g allery-saints-held-a t-wigan-635829.aspx Do you see a fat boke in the picture, if you must poke fun at people at least get you facts right.

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8:15pm Mon 4 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

OSPREYSAINT wrote…

Skating on thin ice wrote…

Looking forward to a TON for Rickie! A ton of PIES that is!!
If you can bear to do it have a look at the OS Gallery :- http://www.saintsfc. co.uk/news/article/g allery-saints-held-a t-wigan-635829.aspx Do you see a fat boke in the picture, if you must poke fun at people at least get you facts right.

Just to make it clear, pictures 15 and 16 are the ones to look at.

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