Lambert believes in Dani partnership

Basingstoke Gazette: Lambert believes in Dani partnership Lambert believes in Dani partnership

RICKIE Lambert reckons Saints fans can look forward to seeing a lot more of Dani Osvaldo at his best.

Lambert believes his fellow striker will thrive following his sensational second goal in as many games, against Manchester City last Saturday. “There’s nothing better for a striker than to score a goal and the one Dani scored was top class, one of the best I’ve ever seen,” said Lambert.

Osvaldo had scored once in his first ten Saints appearances before netting twice in four days, starting with the second equaliser in the 3-2 defeat at home to Aston Villa.

“As a striker it’s very hard when you’re not as confident as you want to be, stuff doesn’t come off and it’s taken him a little while, but we’re desperate for him to do well and I’m sure that goal’s given him the confidence to push on,” Lambert said. Wonder goal “That and Adam Lallana’s goal against Hull are two of the best I’ve seen at St Mary’s.”

Italy international Osvaldo’s wonder goal came the day after the World Cup draw created the possibility of a head-to-head with Lambert in Brazil on June 15.

“Kelvin [Davis] said it was a great goal but score any like that against England and you won’t be welcome back!” smiled Lambert, who also remains confident that he and Osvaldo can fire together consistently.

The pair have not started together since the 2-0 win against Swansea on October 6 and their only full 90 minutes in tandem was the goalless draw at home to West Ham in mid-September.

But Lambert believes the partnership can work.

“If the gaffer chooses to go with both of us I’m sure we can cause defenders problems,” he said. “I think we’ve done well when we’ve played together and it’s only going to get stronger. It’s still developing and needs time.

“But it’s not just me and him, it’s about the team as well, understanding how the both of us play and getting to know our movements.”

On Lambert’s more immediate horizon is this week’s big game at Newcastle and a reunion with Alan Pardew, pictured below, the man who brought him to Southampton little more than four years ago.

“It’s overwhelming if I think too much about what the club’s done and where it is now, it’s unbelievable,” said Lambert, who was signed by Pardew from Bristol Rovers for a bargain £1m in August 2009.

Lambert looked to have salvaged a point against Pardew’s side in the corresponding game of last season, which Newcastle won 4-2 following a controversial penalty decision against Danny Fox and a Jos Hooiveld own goal. It was a rare highlight of a difficult season for Pardew, who celebrated three years as Newcastle manager earlier this week. “He’s done really well again this season, the fans stuck with him and I’m made up he’s doing well again – but it’s going to be one of the toughest tests for us on Saturday,” continued Lambert.

“Last year we thought we were the better team at 2-2 but two goals killed us. “We deserved something but I think the atmosphere had a lot to do with the ref’s decision. Enhances “It’s an incredible atmosphere at St James’s Park. When I was younger it might have affected my game but I’m in a good place now. I take everything in, try and savour it and if anything it enhances my game.”

Saints are preparing to take on a Newcastle side that has won five of its last six Premier League games.

“They’re one of the form teams in the Premier League but we’re confident we can get three points,” Lambert continued. “The three losses on the bounce hurt us a lot so we were very pleased to stop that run with a terrific performance against Manchester City. “It was great character from the boys to come back into it against a top team and I thought we were the better side; we had the better chances.”

Saints will go back above Newcastle into seventh if they win at St James’ Park for the first time since Matt Le Tissier scored the only goal there on March 1 1997.

Europe remains a realistic target for both sides. “If we don’t get it this season we’ll push even more next year, it’s the ambition we have as a club set out by the chairman four years ago,” added Lambert. “It shows how far you can come.”

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8:40am Thu 12 Dec 13

Malcombe says...

Rickie will be another special Player to go into Southampton FC History, he's a hero who appears to be very humble, he's certainly very popular so much that he's knighted by the loyal Supporters, stand up Sir Rickie, he'll be an ideal partner for Dani because Rickie has developed excellent vision for a Footballer with deft touches that beat opposing Players, he may not be the quickest but his skills of knowing where his Team mates are and putting through Balls for them to connect are a treat to watch. On Saturday against City he didn't come on until the 77th minute and the Supporters around me think he could be sold as the Manager prefers JR and Dani but the Manager is clever and plans for every game and Rickie I am sure is part of his plans
Rickie will be another special Player to go into Southampton FC History, he's a hero who appears to be very humble, he's certainly very popular so much that he's knighted by the loyal Supporters, stand up Sir Rickie, he'll be an ideal partner for Dani because Rickie has developed excellent vision for a Footballer with deft touches that beat opposing Players, he may not be the quickest but his skills of knowing where his Team mates are and putting through Balls for them to connect are a treat to watch. On Saturday against City he didn't come on until the 77th minute and the Supporters around me think he could be sold as the Manager prefers JR and Dani but the Manager is clever and plans for every game and Rickie I am sure is part of his plans Malcombe

9:54am Thu 12 Dec 13

insane saint says...

if he sells rickie he will be selling the fans up the road. it aint going to happen rickie is here till he does not want to be here... COYS
if he sells rickie he will be selling the fans up the road. it aint going to happen rickie is here till he does not want to be here... COYS insane saint

10:19am Thu 12 Dec 13

warrens 76 says...

When they click it will work and having Jay Rod just increases our options…

…interesting to note that our forwards have not flourished this season yet we are still 8th…..

..to date we have had a rock solid defense for almost a third of the season but few goals, then a rocky patch with few goals…..

..eventually we will have a great defensive period with lots of goals and a rocky patch again but with us scoring plenty goals…

So expect us to start scoring lots of goals!
When they click it will work and having Jay Rod just increases our options… …interesting to note that our forwards have not flourished this season yet we are still 8th….. ..to date we have had a rock solid defense for almost a third of the season but few goals, then a rocky patch with few goals….. ..eventually we will have a great defensive period with lots of goals and a rocky patch again but with us scoring plenty goals… So expect us to start scoring lots of goals! warrens 76

11:53am Thu 12 Dec 13

Costa Baz says...

I can see the benefit of having both on the pitch, if we are chasing an equaliser, but I'm still not sure that they should start games, as a partnership.

My reasoning for that is that when we have tried it, before, the lack of the extra midfield player has meant less pressing of opponents and a gap between our midfield and the strikers, leading to longer forward passes and the strikers having to wait for support.

One or the other, for me.
I can see the benefit of having both on the pitch, if we are chasing an equaliser, but I'm still not sure that they should start games, as a partnership. My reasoning for that is that when we have tried it, before, the lack of the extra midfield player has meant less pressing of opponents and a gap between our midfield and the strikers, leading to longer forward passes and the strikers having to wait for support. One or the other, for me. Costa Baz

12:35pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Confucious says...

MoPo will play both Rickie and Ossie on Saturday only if he decides to adopt my anti Froggie "Waterloo Plan" (e mailed via Mrs Wilson this morning). But he may make an early change if Newcastle then adopt their favoured "One-in-the Eye Hastings Plan" - requiring my counter "Trafalgar Plan" to be implemented. Either way, so long as MoPo follows the instructions this will be a c'est un doddle.

Either way, our men need to be warned the Newcastle goal will be protected by a cloud of garlic breath and a big cheese pong - and the kit man will need take several pairs of scissors as French toilet paper is always very difficult to tear.

Our team also needs to watch out for that particularly nasty French trait - xenophobia.
MoPo will play both Rickie and Ossie on Saturday only if he decides to adopt my anti Froggie "Waterloo Plan" (e mailed via Mrs Wilson this morning). But he may make an early change if Newcastle then adopt their favoured "One-in-the Eye Hastings Plan" - requiring my counter "Trafalgar Plan" to be implemented. Either way, so long as MoPo follows the instructions this will be a c'est un doddle. Either way, our men need to be warned the Newcastle goal will be protected by a cloud of garlic breath and a big cheese pong - and the kit man will need take several pairs of scissors as French toilet paper is always very difficult to tear. Our team also needs to watch out for that particularly nasty French trait - xenophobia. Confucious

12:42pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Tony in Liberia says...

This summer, on the way to visit friends in Germany, my brother and I managed to visit the sites of Agincourt, Crecy & Waterloo in one day. It was quite possibly the greatest day of my life......

If we want to get the lads up for the game against Le Neauveau Chateaux, then I suggest MoPo takes them on a coach ride following the same route. They will come back and tear them a new derriere.

Although Lovren, Fonte, Osvaldo & Ramirez might wonder what the sam hill is going on, and Morgan might decide to sit the trip out, imagine Rickie leading the lads into battle screaming "let us fill their goalmouth with our Southampton dead"..... scary!
This summer, on the way to visit friends in Germany, my brother and I managed to visit the sites of Agincourt, Crecy & Waterloo in one day. It was quite possibly the greatest day of my life...... If we want to get the lads up for the game against Le Neauveau Chateaux, then I suggest MoPo takes them on a coach ride following the same route. They will come back and tear them a new derriere. Although Lovren, Fonte, Osvaldo & Ramirez might wonder what the sam hill is going on, and Morgan might decide to sit the trip out, imagine Rickie leading the lads into battle screaming "let us fill their goalmouth with our Southampton dead"..... scary! Tony in Liberia

12:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

richargr001 says...

I won 2 tickets to Newcastle Southampton on Saturday (for the Newcastle end) but unfortunately can't make it. Would anyone be interested in buying these from me?
I won 2 tickets to Newcastle Southampton on Saturday (for the Newcastle end) but unfortunately can't make it. Would anyone be interested in buying these from me? richargr001

1:10pm Thu 12 Dec 13

redsnapper says...

Tony in Liberia wrote:
This summer, on the way to visit friends in Germany, my brother and I managed to visit the sites of Agincourt, Crecy & Waterloo in one day. It was quite possibly the greatest day of my life......

If we want to get the lads up for the game against Le Neauveau Chateaux, then I suggest MoPo takes them on a coach ride following the same route. They will come back and tear them a new derriere.

Although Lovren, Fonte, Osvaldo & Ramirez might wonder what the sam hill is going on, and Morgan might decide to sit the trip out, imagine Rickie leading the lads into battle screaming "let us fill their goalmouth with our Southampton dead"..... scary!
I'll have whatever you are smoking:-)

COYR stop the Newcastle run in it's tracks.....
[quote][p][bold]Tony in Liberia[/bold] wrote: This summer, on the way to visit friends in Germany, my brother and I managed to visit the sites of Agincourt, Crecy & Waterloo in one day. It was quite possibly the greatest day of my life...... If we want to get the lads up for the game against Le Neauveau Chateaux, then I suggest MoPo takes them on a coach ride following the same route. They will come back and tear them a new derriere. Although Lovren, Fonte, Osvaldo & Ramirez might wonder what the sam hill is going on, and Morgan might decide to sit the trip out, imagine Rickie leading the lads into battle screaming "let us fill their goalmouth with our Southampton dead"..... scary![/p][/quote]I'll have whatever you are smoking:-) COYR stop the Newcastle run in it's tracks..... redsnapper

2:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

For me - SRL still remains an enigma.

When his CONFIDENCE is HIGH - he is lethal - but he can often drop back to the supporting role (again he is TOP CLASS). Want the Gaffer to spend some time with Rickie before the Newcastle game to get him firing on all cylinders.

Working with Dani - he will turn provider - but I would like to see SRL smash in goals of his own.

WANT BOTH STRIKERS to be on the score sheet week on week like Suarez.

WE HAVE A MASSIVE FIGHT VS NEWCASTLE AWAY - but we can do this.

BY STRENGTH AND GUILE - WE FIGHT AND WIN.

RA13 - WFWW - WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.
TOP CLUB - TOP SUPPORTERS. COYS.
For me - SRL still remains an enigma. When his CONFIDENCE is HIGH - he is lethal - but he can often drop back to the supporting role (again he is TOP CLASS). Want the Gaffer to spend some time with Rickie before the Newcastle game to get him firing on all cylinders. Working with Dani - he will turn provider - but I would like to see SRL smash in goals of his own. WANT BOTH STRIKERS to be on the score sheet week on week like Suarez. WE HAVE A MASSIVE FIGHT VS NEWCASTLE AWAY - but we can do this. BY STRENGTH AND GUILE - WE FIGHT AND WIN. RA13 - WFWW - WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. TOP CLUB - TOP SUPPORTERS. COYS. REDARMYRULETHESOUTH

7:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

warrens 76 says...

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH wrote:
For me - SRL still remains an enigma.

When his CONFIDENCE is HIGH - he is lethal - but he can often drop back to the supporting role (again he is TOP CLASS). Want the Gaffer to spend some time with Rickie before the Newcastle game to get him firing on all cylinders.

Working with Dani - he will turn provider - but I would like to see SRL smash in goals of his own.

WANT BOTH STRIKERS to be on the score sheet week on week like Suarez.

WE HAVE A MASSIVE FIGHT VS NEWCASTLE AWAY - but we can do this.

BY STRENGTH AND GUILE - WE FIGHT AND WIN.

RA13 - WFWW - WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.
TOP CLUB - TOP SUPPORTERS. COYS.
nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]REDARMYRULETHESOUTH[/bold] wrote: For me - SRL still remains an enigma. When his CONFIDENCE is HIGH - he is lethal - but he can often drop back to the supporting role (again he is TOP CLASS). Want the Gaffer to spend some time with Rickie before the Newcastle game to get him firing on all cylinders. Working with Dani - he will turn provider - but I would like to see SRL smash in goals of his own. WANT BOTH STRIKERS to be on the score sheet week on week like Suarez. WE HAVE A MASSIVE FIGHT VS NEWCASTLE AWAY - but we can do this. BY STRENGTH AND GUILE - WE FIGHT AND WIN. RA13 - WFWW - WE ARE THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON. TOP CLUB - TOP SUPPORTERS. COYS.[/p][/quote]nuff said. warrens 76

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