Rickie Lambert is confident that a repeat of the same desire and determination shown against Bournemouth will stand Southampton in good stead at Everton this weekend.
Speaking at the launch of the Legends Range at the newly refurbished Saints Store at Westquay, Lambert believes that carrying momentum forwards from St Mary’s to Goodison Park will give Saints every chance of recording back-to-back Premier League wins and taking a big step towards securing their Premier League safety.
“It was a great result against Bournemouth, it was a must-win against a rival and they dug deep and got the three points,” he said.
“What’s needed at Everton? Exactly what they showed on Saturday. They just have to demonstrate more desire now than the teams they’re up against because it means more to the ones at the bottom to stay in the league than it does to the others.”
The key is for that morale-boosting victory last weekend to lead to something more, a feeling that striking hero Lambert knows all too well.
“I remember beating Villa here 4-1 and just the atmosphere of the game and relief to get three points on the board drives you on and gives you the motivation to perform the next week. Hopefully it’s just the start of something now because it’s got them right back in it.
“These are the moments where runs get broken and form can change. You can go anywhere and beat anyone and that’s the way the lads need to think about it.”
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