Southampton manager Nigel Adkins praises prolific Lambert

Southampton striker, Ricky Lambert, has earned the praise of his manager, Nigel Adkins, as he takes his goal-tally to 14 in his first ever season in the Championship.

The former Bristol Rovers attacker bagged a hattrick for the Saints in their 3-0 home win over Brighton.

“He’s looking fit, he’s looking sharp, he’s looking hungry and he’s scoring goals,” Adkins said.

“He works very hard and we have a great environment for him to go and work in.”

The South Coast club have had to ward of interest from the likes of Premier League outfit Newcastle for the services of their 29-year-old, who is currently the league’s top goalscorer.

Lambert has enjoyed much success at St Mary’s since his £1 million move in 2009, becoming League One’s top goalscorer that same season, scoring at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in the 4-1 win over Carlisle, and gaining promotion to England’s second tier just a year later.

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