Lambert Aims For More Glory
Southampton Football Club 28 April 2012
Rickie Lambert is hoping to crown 'his best season yet' with promotion to the Premier League.
The striker has marked an incredible debut campaign in the Championship by landing the division's Player of the Year title, as well as being named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside Saints teammates, Adam Lallana and Kelvin Davis.
He's also on course to finish at the league's top goalscorer with 27 notched in the division - 31 in total - taking him to 88 strikes in three seasons so far with Saints.
Lambert feels the key to success this season has been down to the overall fitness of the squad. He certainly puts a remarkable season on his own part down to his increasing levels of fitness.
"I've never felt fitter in my career," he tells Saturday's official matchday programme which is also available online.
"The foundations were laid in pre-season when we worked really hard with the ball. From my own point of view I've benefited from extra yoga and stretching exercises and specialised muscle toning.
"It's stuff I do before each training session and quite honestly it's worked wonders. Our physio Matt Radcliffe put me in touch with Sarah Ramsden who set me a course of yoga and stretching. She does work with the Man Utd and Man City players, which shows how good she is.
"Because I feel fitter, I've become better as a player. I really enjoyed my first season at Southampton, but I think this one has been even better. And for that I've got to thank the manager and his coaching staff and, of course, my fellow players here. They're the best I've worked with - by a distance."
Right now though promotion is the aim for Rickie Lambert, and he's fired up for finishing off the job at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon.
"If anyone at the start of the season had offered us a home win in our last game to guarantee promotion, we would have bitten their hand off," says Lambert.
"We certainly won't underestimate Coventry but most of all we'll be determined to finish the job. We've been in the top two from day one and we owe it to ourselves and to the fans to go out and do what's necessary."
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