Mixed feelings for Lambert

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is ready for a break after finishing as the Premier League's joint-top English scorer.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 16:37 Post Comment

Rickie Lambert: Scored 15 goals for Southampton this season

Rickie Lambert: Scored 15 goals for Southampton this season

The 31-year-old hit Southampton's equaliser in the 1-1 final-day draw with Stoke on Sunday to take his tally for the season to 15 goals, with Chelsea's Frank Lampard the only other English player to match that total.

The former Bristol Rovers striker was frustrated, though, at the 621-minute spell that preceded Sunday's first goal in seven games.

"I think when I look back at it, it will be a good achievement," said Lambert.

"The way I think right now, I am little bit disappointed to have gone so many games without scoring but I hope that stays with me when I don't score.

"To get one against Stoke was a relief, it felt good and I am glad to finish on a goal. It's a shame it wasn't a winner but it was good.

"I have struggled physically. I think the Reading game the pitch was hard and damaged my back a little bit.

"I am not making any excuses but I don't think I was at 100 per cent playing the final few games, which knocked my sharpness a little bit.

"I think I have had chances but I have just missed them and that's what has frustrated me the most.

"It frustrates me when I don't get chances but when I do get chances and miss them, that frustrates me even more.

"It is hard to score in the Premier League. That is what I have realised this season so to get 15 is a good achievement.

"Mentally and physically, I think I am ready for a break at the minute so it could not have come at a better time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

FIFA president Sepp Blatter 'has to go', says Greg Dyke

FA chairman Greg Dyke insists that "Sepp Blatter has to go" and has urged UEFA to try and force the FIFA president out.

Jack Warner has been arrested and bailed in Trinidad

Jack Warner has been arrested and will be released on bail in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the FIFA investigation.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter welcomes US investigations

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has issued a statement welcoming investigations by US and Swiss authorities

Mail Box

Vidic Is Part Of United's 'Budget XI'

We have post-2000 budget XIs on behalf of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs. Plus gaelic football, FIFA, more awards and the majesty of Il Fenomeno...

Europa League: Hardly The AIA Cup

A Spurs fan definitely isn't bothered his side aren't in the Europa League final tonight. Also, a warning about Michael Laudrup, and how to build a team with less than £20m.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company