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  • "I think it's unfair to criticise Gazza too much for that error. All keepers make mistakes - in fact, just last night Al Habsi and Begovic both blundered but you wouldn't call for either of them to be dropped (well, Begovic maybe, but for his links to Pompey!)

    Why not criticise Clyne for diving in on the edge of the box (cardinal sin for a defender)? Why not criticise our attackers for not scoring more than one in a game against Norwich?

    One error from our best prospect in the goalkeeping department (when he also made a half-decent save from Holt's header) is not the end of the world.

    I hope he doesn't go the way of Bart and lose all confidence because the 'fans' start to get on his back."
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Rickie Lambert says Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga doesn't need to apologise for his error in 1-1 draw with Norwich

Lambert: No need for Gazzaniga apology

Rickie Lambert

Paulo Gazzaniga

First published in Sport

Saints striker Rickie Lambert said there was no need for goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to apologise to his teammates following his blunder against Norwich.

Gazzaniga allowed a tame free-kick from Robert Snodgrass to sneak by him at the near post last night, handing the Canaries a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.

Lambert, who had given the home side the lead, revealed that the 20-year-old cut a dejected figure in the dressing room after the match.

“He didn’t have to apologise to us,” said Lambert. “You could see he was disappointed.

“He has done really well the last few weeks and it was a just little lapse in concentration.

“He is more disappointed than us and these things happen. It is how you respond to it.”

The draw meant that Saints extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four matches.

However, they have also slipped back into the relegation zone.

Lambert admitted he was frustrated that the team had failed to seize the opportunity to win a third consecutive game.

“I am definitely frustrated not to get the three points,” said Lambert, whose goal marked his sixth strike of the season.

“I thought we played really well in the first half and I thought we were definitely going to win it.

“We’ve come in disappointed at half-time and felt we could have pushed on in the second half.

“We haven’t managed to do that so, yeah, I am disappointed.”

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