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Awayday specialist Rickie aims to carry on scoring against ex-boss
8:15am Friday 8th March 2013 in Sport
AWAY specialist Rickie Lambert goes gunning for his former manager again tomorrow.
The Saints talisman has amazingly scored just once at St Mary’s since September 22.
But he has netted in seven of Saints’ last nine away Premier League games.
And he will be keen to keep that great run going tomorrow at a Norwich side whose first team coach is Paul Trollope.
Trollope was the man who reluctantly sold Lambert to Saints back in August 2009 when he was manager of Bristol Rovers.
Since then, Lambert has faced Trollope seven times – and has scored six goals.
The 40-year-old now works alongside Canaries boss Chris Hughton at Carrow Road, and will be hoping to put a plan together that will nullify Lambert’s threat tomorrow.
Trollope remains one of the biggest influences on Lambert’s career, with the player himself having credited his former manager for helping encourage him to improve his professionalism and fitness.
It was Trollope who brought him to the Memorial Stadium in 2006, signing him from Rochdale for £200,000, before selling him to Saints three years later for five times that amount.
Under his guidance, Lambert scored 59 times in 155 appearances, before Alan Pardew took him to St Mary’s, where his career really took off.
Trollope has not had much luck when coming up against his former goalscorer since losing him.
Lambert netted in three of his four matches for Saints against Bristol Rovers, while Trollope was still in charge of the then League One side.
He scored in all three League 1 games, but failed to net in an FA Cup win in November 2009.
Following his departure from Rovers in December 2010, Trollope then joined Hughton at Birmingham City in the summer of 2011 as a coach.
Lambert netted in the first meeting between the teams in that season’s Championship, although the Blues kept him out in a 0-0 draw at St Andrew’s Stadium later in the campaign.
The striker was also on target this term, as Norwich earned a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s in November.