Lambert helps England take another step towards Brazil

Daily Echo: Rickie Lambert in action against Ukraine Rickie Lambert in action against Ukraine

Rickie Lambert helped England take a small step towards World Cup qualification as they scraped a draw in Kiev against Ukraine.

Lambert didn’t have a chance to speak of to make it three goals in three games for his country and had to feed off of scraps for the most part.

The service into him was patchy at best but the Saints striker still put in a performance full of heart to try and keep his place in the team for the decisive Wembley qualifying double header next month.

Ukraine made the most of a booming atmosphere inside the Olympic Stadium, applying pressure to Roy Hodgson's shell-shocked team, but they could not get the killer goal that would have put them top of Group H with two games left.

Hodgson had compared England's mission in the former Soviet Republic to the one that Glenn Hoddle undertook in Rome 17 years ago when the Three Lions drew 0-0 to make it to France '98.

And it was certainly a case of backs to the wall again as the home side launched a barrage on the England box at the start.

Joe Hart almost gifted the hosts a first-minute lead when he brought down Roman Zozulya, but luckily for England and their out-of-form number one, the penalty was not given.

Although the draw moves England one point clear at the top of Group H with two matches left, this performance will have done little to satisfy those who agree with Greg Dyke's claim that the Three Lions have little chance of lifting the World Cup in Rio next year if they get there.

The defence performed strongly, but there was a distinct lack of creativity in midfield and England sorely missed the drive of Wayne Rooney, who would have proved a perfect foil for the isolated Lambert.

England have tricky home fixtures against Montenegro and Poland to come and the fact remains that Hodgson's only qualifying victories have come against world number 123 Moldova and Group H punchbags San Marino.

It was clear from before the kick-off that Ukraine were going to make it tough for England in every way possible.

Just 50 seconds had gone when England's number one chopped down Zozulya while diving for a deflected cross, but luckily for England no penalty was given.

The penalty shout was the starting pistol for a helter skelter of an opening 10 minutes.

Buoyed by the booming beat of the drum, Ukraine took aim at the England box.

Hart flapped again as he failed to communicate with Gary Cahill properly. Ukraine camped out on the edge of the England box, probing the back four, but Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka held strong.

Ukraine's drive forward left them vulnerable at the back and former Saints star Theo Walcott exploited the space in a rare England attack when he raced into the box and tested Andriy Pyatov before Cahill sent a header over soon after.

Steven Gerrard then misjudged a cross-field pass to allow Fedetskiy a free header at the back post but he wasted the opportunity and England breathed again.

Ukraine's early enthusiasm started to wane, allowing England more time on the ball, but the visitors failed to test Pyatov.

Gerrard sent a 25-yard curler just over and Lampard crashed a long-range free-kick well over.

Booming chants of "Ukraina, Ukraina" came through the PA system at half-time and the hosts bombed forward early on after the break through the crafty Konoplianka. He found Fedetskiy at the back post with a curling cross but the defender's header was poor.

Konoplianka fired another cross over to find Andriy Yarmolenko, but the forward tried to play a clever one-two with Gusiev that did not come off.

The Ukraine players demanded a penalty when Kyle Walker barged over Zozulya, but luckily for England the foul occurred just outside the box.

Fedetskiy had a brilliant chance to put Ukraine ahead when he jumped clear of his marker in the box but he miscued his header.

Several flares lit up one end of the stadium and a number of firecrackers went off as the home support tried to cajole their team into one more attack before the final whistle, but they had run out of energy and ended up settling for a draw.

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10:30pm Tue 10 Sep 13

DisplacedFan says...

Well done, Ricky!!
Well done, Ricky!! DisplacedFan
  • Score: 7

10:48pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Positively4thStreet says...

Roy Keane thought Rickie did a decent job...that'll do me!
Roy Keane thought Rickie did a decent job...that'll do me! Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 6

10:57pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Funnily enough it probably would have been a far better game if the pen had been given.
Funnily enough it probably would have been a far better game if the pen had been given. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 1

11:05pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Jesus_02 says...

somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap Jesus_02
  • Score: -12

11:17pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Saintly Sam says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
I doubt it, none of the English team shone tonight, they needed to do a job and they did, an away point leaves us at the top of the group with two home games to play, RL may not start the next game, but he'll get on if we are not winning after an hour or so, he's the sort of player who'll win England games.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]I doubt it, none of the English team shone tonight, they needed to do a job and they did, an away point leaves us at the top of the group with two home games to play, RL may not start the next game, but he'll get on if we are not winning after an hour or so, he's the sort of player who'll win England games. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 7

11:21pm Tue 10 Sep 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Rickie will stay in the squad. He's easily done enough for that. He's stepped into the breech magnificently and I can't see Roy leaving him out of the squad for the likes of Carroll once everyone's fit. Rooney and Welbeck probably will be first choices with Rickie very much an option.
Rickie will stay in the squad. He's easily done enough for that. He's stepped into the breech magnificently and I can't see Roy leaving him out of the squad for the likes of Carroll once everyone's fit. Rooney and Welbeck probably will be first choices with Rickie very much an option. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 11

1:30am Wed 11 Sep 13

Jesus_02 says...

I dont trust Hodgeson to see whats in front of his own nose
I dont trust Hodgeson to see whats in front of his own nose Jesus_02
  • Score: 6

2:05am Wed 11 Sep 13

andoru says...

I suspect all the naysayers will be out claiming that this proves Ricky is not international material after all, having failed to score against 'superior' opposition.
I suspect all the naysayers will be out claiming that this proves Ricky is not international material after all, having failed to score against 'superior' opposition. andoru
  • Score: 1

2:43am Wed 11 Sep 13

Galapagos Saint says...

If the Argie commentator on Fox Sports Latin America calls him Paul Lambert one more time, Im going to punch the TV
If the Argie commentator on Fox Sports Latin America calls him Paul Lambert one more time, Im going to punch the TV Galapagos Saint
  • Score: 10

6:53am Wed 11 Sep 13

EindhovenSaint says...

Galapagos Saint wrote:
If the Argie commentator on Fox Sports Latin America calls him Paul Lambert one more time, Im going to punch the TV
haha
[quote][p][bold]Galapagos Saint[/bold] wrote: If the Argie commentator on Fox Sports Latin America calls him Paul Lambert one more time, Im going to punch the TV[/p][/quote]haha EindhovenSaint
  • Score: 1

8:34am Wed 11 Sep 13

SaintDon13 says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith. SaintDon13
  • Score: 4

8:49am Wed 11 Sep 13

insane saint says...

Rickie was left up top with no one helping the cause he won most balls that were pinged at a fast rate towards him. he had no help coming from the midfield the passing was terrible from most on the team.

He lead the line very well the Ukraine were very wary of his threat as he was being man handled on most occasions.
He was pulling two defenders with him every time he went towards the ball which left the midfield to exploit but they chose not to.

well done Rickie lets rip the spam apart on Sunday.

COYS
Rickie was left up top with no one helping the cause he won most balls that were pinged at a fast rate towards him. he had no help coming from the midfield the passing was terrible from most on the team. He lead the line very well the Ukraine were very wary of his threat as he was being man handled on most occasions. He was pulling two defenders with him every time he went towards the ball which left the midfield to exploit but they chose not to. well done Rickie lets rip the spam apart on Sunday. COYS insane saint
  • Score: 5

9:06am Wed 11 Sep 13

Alicesdad says...

My view is that Rickie did well in frustrating circumstances last night and has every reason to be proud. That was a true trial of his nerve and capability and I hope Roy saw it as a sound performance. Rickie has made a major contriibution in three games and has much to be proud of and some precious memories, most notably a goal with his first touch.

Those who think Rickie may have had his last cap may be right, who knoew ? However he has been noticed, and his range of skills has been noted as well by all parties from TV pundits to the press . It now depends on two factors, firstly the injuries to so called "established" players and more importantly how Rickie does in the Premier League this season. If he can score the same or more than last season he will be very much in the medias eye and may yet get a squad place and more time on the pitch. I hope so. The days when he was the invisible star player in the Premiership are gone.
My view is that Rickie did well in frustrating circumstances last night and has every reason to be proud. That was a true trial of his nerve and capability and I hope Roy saw it as a sound performance. Rickie has made a major contriibution in three games and has much to be proud of and some precious memories, most notably a goal with his first touch. Those who think Rickie may have had his last cap may be right, who knoew ? However he has been noticed, and his range of skills has been noted as well by all parties from TV pundits to the press . It now depends on two factors, firstly the injuries to so called "established" players and more importantly how Rickie does in the Premier League this season. If he can score the same or more than last season he will be very much in the medias eye and may yet get a squad place and more time on the pitch. I hope so. The days when he was the invisible star player in the Premiership are gone. Alicesdad
  • Score: 2

9:28am Wed 11 Sep 13

EricMartin'sHat says...

Milner and Walcott were clearly instructed to hold back, with the emphasis on defence. Rickie was always going to be isolated, and fed the occasional long ball, so wasn't really a game for him to score. Hodgson was relying on a break-out goal - but it never looked likely as our passing was cr*p. No problem with the tactics; but midfield execution rubbish and thought England defence was always vulnerable to a late goal - risky and lucky result!!
Milner and Walcott were clearly instructed to hold back, with the emphasis on defence. Rickie was always going to be isolated, and fed the occasional long ball, so wasn't really a game for him to score. Hodgson was relying on a break-out goal - but it never looked likely as our passing was cr*p. No problem with the tactics; but midfield execution rubbish and thought England defence was always vulnerable to a late goal - risky and lucky result!! EricMartin'sHat
  • Score: 1

9:44am Wed 11 Sep 13

insane saint says...

insane saint wrote:
Rickie was left up top with no one helping the cause he won most balls that were pinged at a fast rate towards him. he had no help coming from the midfield the passing was terrible from most on the team.

He lead the line very well the Ukraine were very wary of his threat as he was being man handled on most occasions.
He was pulling two defenders with him every time he went towards the ball which left the midfield to exploit but they chose not to.

well done Rickie lets rip the spam apart on Sunday.

COYS
I also liked it when Rickie got in the face of the Ukrainian play i believe Rickie told him to F*** OFF or i will get the Don on you
[quote][p][bold]insane saint[/bold] wrote: Rickie was left up top with no one helping the cause he won most balls that were pinged at a fast rate towards him. he had no help coming from the midfield the passing was terrible from most on the team. He lead the line very well the Ukraine were very wary of his threat as he was being man handled on most occasions. He was pulling two defenders with him every time he went towards the ball which left the midfield to exploit but they chose not to. well done Rickie lets rip the spam apart on Sunday. COYS[/p][/quote]I also liked it when Rickie got in the face of the Ukrainian play i believe Rickie told him to F*** OFF or i will get the Don on you insane saint
  • Score: 5

10:10am Wed 11 Sep 13

george chivers says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
I dont trust Hodgeson to see whats in front of his own nose
I've never met Roy Hodgson, or seen a close up photograph of him, but my guess is, it might be little tufts of unwanted hair. Difficult to spot without a mirror.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: I dont trust Hodgeson to see whats in front of his own nose[/p][/quote]I've never met Roy Hodgson, or seen a close up photograph of him, but my guess is, it might be little tufts of unwanted hair. Difficult to spot without a mirror. george chivers
  • Score: 4

11:18am Wed 11 Sep 13

El Santo says...

Alicesdad wrote:
My view is that Rickie did well in frustrating circumstances last night and has every reason to be proud. That was a true trial of his nerve and capability and I hope Roy saw it as a sound performance. Rickie has made a major contriibution in three games and has much to be proud of and some precious memories, most notably a goal with his first touch.

Those who think Rickie may have had his last cap may be right, who knoew ? However he has been noticed, and his range of skills has been noted as well by all parties from TV pundits to the press . It now depends on two factors, firstly the injuries to so called "established" players and more importantly how Rickie does in the Premier League this season. If he can score the same or more than last season he will be very much in the medias eye and may yet get a squad place and more time on the pitch. I hope so. The days when he was the invisible star player in the Premiership are gone.
I agree with you. He worked really hard yesterday. Holding the ball, giving the team a break, receiving and giving equally. He made a few mistakes in passing and controlling, but well below the average of the team.
He maintained a high pressure on the Ukrainians, but with no help it gave little fruit. It was very frustrating, but Hodgson's goal was to not to loose and that is what happened. Not the best game to shine if you are a striker. I think he will be used as an impact sub in the future, after Welbeck and Rooney.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: My view is that Rickie did well in frustrating circumstances last night and has every reason to be proud. That was a true trial of his nerve and capability and I hope Roy saw it as a sound performance. Rickie has made a major contriibution in three games and has much to be proud of and some precious memories, most notably a goal with his first touch. Those who think Rickie may have had his last cap may be right, who knoew ? However he has been noticed, and his range of skills has been noted as well by all parties from TV pundits to the press . It now depends on two factors, firstly the injuries to so called "established" players and more importantly how Rickie does in the Premier League this season. If he can score the same or more than last season he will be very much in the medias eye and may yet get a squad place and more time on the pitch. I hope so. The days when he was the invisible star player in the Premiership are gone.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. He worked really hard yesterday. Holding the ball, giving the team a break, receiving and giving equally. He made a few mistakes in passing and controlling, but well below the average of the team. He maintained a high pressure on the Ukrainians, but with no help it gave little fruit. It was very frustrating, but Hodgson's goal was to not to loose and that is what happened. Not the best game to shine if you are a striker. I think he will be used as an impact sub in the future, after Welbeck and Rooney. El Santo
  • Score: 2

11:41am Wed 11 Sep 13

St Mark says...

SaintDon13 wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
Jesus_02 may well get crucified for saying stuff like that on here but with a moniker like that he obviously reckons he'll be back three days later.....
[quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.[/p][/quote]Jesus_02 may well get crucified for saying stuff like that on here but with a moniker like that he obviously reckons he'll be back three days later..... St Mark
  • Score: 6

12:03pm Wed 11 Sep 13

st1halo says...

SaintDon13 wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media.
Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already.

STID
[quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.[/p][/quote]He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media. Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already. STID st1halo
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Wed 11 Sep 13

El Santo says...

st1halo wrote:
SaintDon13 wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media.
Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already.

STID
There were derogatory comment for everyone, just take your pick: Hart, Wiltshire, Walker, Walcott... Lambert has gone through relatively unscathed. I think he will be in the team, don't be so pessimistic!
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.[/p][/quote]He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media. Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already. STID[/p][/quote]There were derogatory comment for everyone, just take your pick: Hart, Wiltshire, Walker, Walcott... Lambert has gone through relatively unscathed. I think he will be in the team, don't be so pessimistic! El Santo
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Wed 11 Sep 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

El Santo wrote:
st1halo wrote:
SaintDon13 wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media.
Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already.

STID
There were derogatory comment for everyone, just take your pick: Hart, Wiltshire, Walker, Walcott... Lambert has gone through relatively unscathed. I think he will be in the team, don't be so pessimistic!
I'm with Jesus02 and Halo on this. It's not what Rickie does or doesn't do in an England shirt, it's not how good or bad others are or play, it's a realistic view of what b0ll0cks passes for intelligent thinking amongst those who 'pick' the squad - that's Woy, his back-room team, the FA AND the biased, London-based and big-club-friendly press.

It would be interesting to compare Rickie's first 3 performances with those of, say, Welbeck and Sturridge, but that ain't going to change things, and neither will a string of top-drawer performances by Rickie.

He'll probably be in the squad, get a couple of 15-minute run outs when nothing's at stake and, unless he does again what he did against Scotland in a similar situation, slowly drop from the conscience of everyone except us.

I hope I'm wrong, not least because I agree with the article above about Rickie and Rooney having the potential for a decent partnership, but reading between the lines of what I understand Woy said after the match, I'm not optimistic.
[quote][p][bold]El Santo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.[/p][/quote]He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media. Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already. STID[/p][/quote]There were derogatory comment for everyone, just take your pick: Hart, Wiltshire, Walker, Walcott... Lambert has gone through relatively unscathed. I think he will be in the team, don't be so pessimistic![/p][/quote]I'm with Jesus02 and Halo on this. It's not what Rickie does or doesn't do in an England shirt, it's not how good or bad others are or play, it's a realistic view of what b0ll0cks passes for intelligent thinking amongst those who 'pick' the squad - that's Woy, his back-room team, the FA AND the biased, London-based and big-club-friendly press. It would be interesting to compare Rickie's first 3 performances with those of, say, Welbeck and Sturridge, but that ain't going to change things, and neither will a string of top-drawer performances by Rickie. He'll probably be in the squad, get a couple of 15-minute run outs when nothing's at stake and, unless he does again what he did against Scotland in a similar situation, slowly drop from the conscience of everyone except us. I hope I'm wrong, not least because I agree with the article above about Rickie and Rooney having the potential for a decent partnership, but reading between the lines of what I understand Woy said after the match, I'm not optimistic. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Wed 11 Sep 13

SaintDon13 says...

st1halo wrote:
SaintDon13 wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap
Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.
He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media.
Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already.

STID
At least St.Mark got the joke!
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintDon13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: somehow i think that that may have been Rickies last cap[/p][/quote]Coming on this thread with comments like that could get you crucified. Show a little faith.[/p][/quote]He's not slating Rickie, Os. Just being realistic. I've read many derogatory comments in the press already saying Rickie was out of his depth, lack lustre, no second touch etc, all highly unfair and myopic but, being the cynic, I think it will only be a matter of time before pressure is brought to bear on the manager by the media. Whatever happens, he has made all Saints fans very proud already. STID[/p][/quote]At least St.Mark got the joke! SaintDon13
  • Score: 2

1:11am Thu 12 Sep 13

st1halo says...

Oh yeah! Sorry mate, I was a bit slow on the uptake! Still, that's my cross to bear!
Oh yeah! Sorry mate, I was a bit slow on the uptake! Still, that's my cross to bear! st1halo
  • Score: 0

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