Lambert puts Saints in sight of another milestone

Lambert puts Saints in sight of another milestone

Lambert puts Saints in sight of another milestone

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Saints need just one point from their final game of the season to secure their highest top flight points tally in 29 years after a stoppage time winner at Swansea.

Rickie Lambert got the final touch to Ashley Williams’ inadvertently high lob over his own keeper with virtually the last kick of the game to seal three points for Saints in what had been a fairly flat end of season affair.

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The result means Saints need just a draw from their final day fixture against Manchester United at St Mary’s to round off the campaign with another notable milestone.

It looked as though the teams would play out an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the Liberty Stadium sunshine after 90 minutes that had end-of-season stamped all over it.

Both teams lacked the finishing power to threaten collecting a victory, and it proved a hugely-disappointing Premier League clash.

With neither Swansea nor Southampton troubled by matters at the top or bottom of the table, it was a contest that drifted along with no obvious urgency, and Lambert's goal provided an ending the match scarcely deserved.

Despite the defeat, it is likely that Swansea head coach Garry Monk will be upgraded as Michael Laudrup's permanent managerial successor during the next few days.

Monk has achieved the primary aim of masterminding Swansea's top-flight status for another season, and after the club's directors met on Friday, it would appear they have been suitably impressed to let him take the Swans forward.

There would be no victory for Monk, though, against his former club and Southampton had the best moments of quality on show.

England World Cup hopeful Luke Shaw oozed positivity throughout and Swansea's defence had to track him closely. Yet it when it came to the attacking red zone, both sides' finishing left a lot to be desired, with even Lambert's winner having a huge element of luck about it.

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Lambert did not make Southampton's starting line-up after being troubled by a buttock muscle problem, but he was among the substitutes as fit-again Morgan Schneiderlin started.

Monk made a solitary change following last Saturday's 4-1 win against Aston Villa for the appointment with his former club, as Dutch international Dwight Tiendalli replaced groin injury victim Angel Rangel, while a minor toe problem dashed Chico Flores' hopes of returning from suspension.

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Swansea went closest to scoring during a bright opening as Pablo Hernandez's shot was well saved by Artur Boruc, before Wilfried Bony glanced a header narrowly wide.

Southampton soon settled into their impressive passing rhythm, though, with Steven Davis prominent, and Schneiderlin should have done better than send a close-range header high over the Swansea bar.

The Saints continued to dominate possession and territory, but apart from a Dejan Lovren free-kick that dipped over, clear-cut attacking opportunities remained few and far between.

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Sam Gallagher wasted Southampton's best chance when his 33rd-minute header failed to find the target, and that sparked a break-out for Swansea that saw the dangerous Bony go close.

Southampton continued to press as half-time approached, but Swansea coped with the growing Shaw-inspired threat as a poor opening 45 minutes ended goalless.

Saints skipper Adam Lallana tested Swansea keeper Michel Vorm with an angled shot as the second period began, while Swansea continued to rely on the bustling Bony for any realistic threat on Southampton's goal.

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Jose Fonte was then cautioned for a foul on Hernandez, but Swansea tamefully wasted the opportunity with still no sign of Boruc or Vorm being seriously troubled.

Swansea were guilty of giving possession away far too easily in midfield and Lambert joined the action 30 minutes from time when he replaced Lallana to give Saints renewed attacking impetus.

Nathan Dyer followed Lambert off the bench as Swansea's first substitute, taking over from De Guzman, and there was certainly more urgency about the home side as they looked to secure a third successive league win following victories over Villa and Newcastle.

It was not to be, though, and Lambert came up trumps when it mattered as Southampton collected an away win.

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5:36pm Sat 3 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Rickie , You certainly were a PAIN in the bum for Swansea . EXCELLENT win , C O Y R
Rickie , You certainly were a PAIN in the bum for Swansea . EXCELLENT win , C O Y R SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 19

5:47pm Sat 3 May 14

Baddesley Bill says...

An absolutely superb season. Let's top it off next week...

...and PARTY! Sha la la..... :O)
An absolutely superb season. Let's top it off next week... ...and PARTY! Sha la la..... :O) Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 23

5:55pm Sat 3 May 14

florida saint says...

well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards.

Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped.

effin love the saints..... U T S
well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards. Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped. effin love the saints..... U T S florida saint
  • Score: 13

6:09pm Sat 3 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

florida saint wrote:
well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards.

Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped.

effin love the saints..... U T S
the club gave every travelling fan a free `home& heart` scarf today, and the fans were waving them for fun.

well done to all the travelling fans you did our club proud yet again.

what a season its been, if only Osvaldo could have been bothered to try to fit in we might have scored a few more and won a few more games.
[quote][p][bold]florida saint[/bold] wrote: well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards. Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped. effin love the saints..... U T S[/p][/quote]the club gave every travelling fan a free `home& heart` scarf today, and the fans were waving them for fun. well done to all the travelling fans you did our club proud yet again. what a season its been, if only Osvaldo could have been bothered to try to fit in we might have scored a few more and won a few more games. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 25

6:37pm Sat 3 May 14

florida saint says...

florida saint wrote:
well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards.

Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped.

effin love the saints..... U T S
I Know that thanks, just saying how good it looked, reminded me of the croations in their red and white. u t s
[quote][p][bold]florida saint[/bold] wrote: well done saints just watched live here in florida. you dominated again without no cutting edge without our top 2 forwards. Massive praise to the barmy red and white army, good idea with all the red and white colours in the crowd, nearly made my t v pop. looked great , I think we should do that every week. im sure it helped. effin love the saints..... U T S[/p][/quote]I Know that thanks, just saying how good it looked, reminded me of the croations in their red and white. u t s florida saint
  • Score: 6

8:31pm Sat 3 May 14

Malcombe says...

Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters.

Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.
Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters. Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints. Malcombe
  • Score: 14

9:31pm Sat 3 May 14

Santa Retfordia says...

Malcombe wrote:
Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters.

Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.
If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be?
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters. Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.[/p][/quote]If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be? Santa Retfordia
  • Score: 7

9:55pm Sat 3 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters.

Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.
If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be?
Average.
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters. Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.[/p][/quote]If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be?[/p][/quote]Average. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: -2

7:42am Sun 4 May 14

Clever Dick says...

Great goal Rickster. They all count. Is that photo zooming in on his gluteus maximus?
Great goal Rickster. They all count. Is that photo zooming in on his gluteus maximus? Clever Dick
  • Score: 3

9:07am Sun 4 May 14

TPFKARTSNINZ says...

Thank you Saints for a great season, & if I was wearing a hat this morning I'd take it off for our fantastic travelling army. You looked & sounded brilliant, the Swansea fans agreed too!

Now let's round it all off in style next Sunday & pile more misery upon Mufco!

COYR!

WTFILN!
Thank you Saints for a great season, & if I was wearing a hat this morning I'd take it off for our fantastic travelling army. You looked & sounded brilliant, the Swansea fans agreed too! Now let's round it all off in style next Sunday & pile more misery upon Mufco! COYR! WTFILN! TPFKARTSNINZ
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Sun 4 May 14

Spudsaint says...

Yes, if Saints beat Man Utd we will surpass Pompey's highest points total in the Premier League and record what I think will be our 4th highest top flight total ever - not since the heady days of the early '80s under Lawrie McMenemy have we scored more than 58 points. It would be a remarkable achievement.
Yes, if Saints beat Man Utd we will surpass Pompey's highest points total in the Premier League and record what I think will be our 4th highest top flight total ever - not since the heady days of the early '80s under Lawrie McMenemy have we scored more than 58 points. It would be a remarkable achievement. Spudsaint
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sun 4 May 14

Freddie Flowerpot says...

Santa Retfordia wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters.

Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.
If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be?
Delusional
[quote][p][bold]Santa Retfordia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Wonderful season, wonderful Manager and Team, wonderful Football, wonderful Supporters, wonderful Entertainment with admirers and compliments from millions of neutrals all over the world and this week wonderful news MoPo said the Club are already planning for another wonderful season which gave me wonderful comfort and hope as it will for all the wonderful Supporters. Thank you Manager, thank you Team please stay together for next season and many more season and keep putting the smile on the faces of the wonderful thousands who love Southampton Football Club, The Saints.[/p][/quote]If you could sum it all up in a word, what would it be?[/p][/quote]Delusional Freddie Flowerpot
  • Score: -3

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