West Brom 0 - 1 Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino stressed Southampton are lucky to have Rickie Lambert after his late penalty secured a 1-0 victory at West Brom this afternoon.

Lambert is the winning ingredient - again!

Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Lambert converted from the spot in the 90th minute of the Barclays Premier League opening-day clash, three days on from heading the winner for England in their 3-2 triumph over Scotland with his first touch in international football.

At the age of 31, the former Bristol Rovers, Rochdale, Stockport and Macclesfield player is the man of the moment, and Pochettino could not be more delighted for him.

One for his club, one for his country - a great week for Rickie Lambert Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Southampton deserved their three points having been the better side for much of the contest.

They had the ball in the net in the first half through Adam Lallana's close-range finish from a Lambert header, but it was ruled out for offside.

Baggies beaten by Rickie's boot Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Southampton deserved their three points having been the better side for much of the contest.

They had the ball in the net in the first half through Adam Lallana's close-range finish from a Lambert header, but it was ruled out for offside.

Regarding Lambert, scorer of 15 goals for Saints last term in what was his debut Premier League season, the Argentinian said: "He is having a dream week.