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Lambert delight at Osvaldo confidence boost
6:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
The Italian international struck home a powerful left-foot effort from 18 yards early in the second half to set Saints on their way to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Having failed to find the net in his first four appearances for the club, Osvaldo had confessed to being “a little anxious” about not having scored.
But he showed no signs of concern on Saturday, as he capped an impressive performance with a quality finish.
Osvaldo was mobbed by his teammates after scoring, and Lambert believes the goal will give the 27-year-old a real boost.
“Dani’s done brilliant for his goal and he’s managed to get his first goal, which is going to give him the world of confidence,” said Lambert, who netted the second of the game moments later with a magnificent free-kick.
Lambert’s strike represented his second goal of the campaign for his club and, having gone four games for Saints without scoring, he was thrilled to be firing again.
“It bothers me when I don’t score in one game, so to go a few is very frustrating,” said the England man.
“It never affects me, though, and I always believe that, if I get a chance in the next game, I will put it away. Even though I missed a couple in the first half, I still believed I would score in the second.”
However, Lambert revealed he might not have even taken the free-kick had James Ward-Prowse been on the pitch, because his set pieces in training had been so poor.
“It was a good free-kick, considering in training my free-kicks have been terrible, if I’m being honest,” he said. “It was a bit of a surprise. I probably might not even have took it if Ward-Prowse was on the pitch. It was a nice surprise and it was nice to see it go in.”
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