Rickie looking up

By SFC Media time Sat 22 Mar Club

Rickie Lambert says Saints will continue to ask questions of the teams above them in the closing stages of the season.

Southampton sit with 45 points after 30 games played, and prior to this weekend, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are two points better off than Newcastle and have three points fewer than Manchester United in seventh place.

Having leapfrogged the Magpies, Lambert has cast his eyes over to the next team to catch in the Barclays Premier League table.

“We’ve managed to get into eighth and now we’re looking a seventh, and if we can get there then we’ll be looking at sixth,” Lambert said ahead of this weekend’s trip to fifth placed Tottenham.

“If we finish eighth it’s still been a great season, but the situation of where we are now we’re not going to settle for that. We’re going to try and push on, and if we can play Manchester United in the last game of the season with a chance of overtaking them, then that’s some season, and it would be one hell of a game.”

Saints will be looking to their attacking threats - Lambert included - in order to set up that last day encounter, with the frontman revealing that the understanding he has with teammates Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez being a success story of this season.

“I’m not going to play it down, it’s been my highlight of the year,” he said. “I think some of the goals and some of the play that we’ve done has been a pleasure to be in. I’ll look back on it in years to come because  this has been against Premier League defenders which is what I’ve been wanting to do all my life and we’ve done it this season so it’s brilliant.

“I’ve said it before, but it really is a pleasure to play with them. I’m enjoying my football, and obviously I want to score more goals. I have really enjoyed this season and playing alongside them. I’ve had a connection with Ads and Jay this year which has been brilliant, but I don’t like to name individuals, I think the entire team has been incredible.

“For me personally, it’s been one of those seasons where it’s been hard to come by a goal. Things have changed and we’re playing differently, but you know me I’m never one to make an excuse, I’ve been disappointed with the chances I’ve missed this season. I’ve missed a few and that has frustrated me, but there’s still a few games to try and rectify that, and that’s all I look at, I don’t try dwell on it too much.”

Sunday’s trip to Tottenham provides Saints with an opportunity to move closer to the team’s target of overhauling the sides above them in the table, with Lambert keen to avenge December’s defeat to Spurs at St Mary’s.

“I think we did deserve to get beat in that game as I don’t think it was a good performance so that’s something we want to rectify,” he highlighted.

“It (White Hart Lane) is not too much of a good place at the minute and I know they’ve got a game on Thursday as well, so obviously we know what type of place it is to go and what players they have so we know it’s not going to be an easy game at all.”

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