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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.

Southampton defeated by West Brom

Southampton's Gaston Ramirez walks off after being shown a red card Credit: Daniel Hambury PA Wire

Having made a rapid ascent up the leagues, the Yorkshireman was handed his maiden top-flight match at St Mary's - one many had expected to be a quiet affair.

How wrong they were, with Marc Antoine-Fortune opening the scoring in just the sixth minute after Saints failed to clear their lines

Fortune helped the Baggies double their lead after the break, putting through the ever-impressive Romelu Lukaku to slot home past Artur Boruc.

Just three minutes later Fortune was sent off, having raised his hands to Gaston Ramirez after the Uruguayan had thrown an arm at Shane Long.

The Saints substitute was sent off for the incident and was joined in the dressing room seven minutes from time by team-mate Danny Fox, who was sent off for a nasty two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.

West Bromwich Albion's Marc-Antoine Fortune is shown a red card by referee Mr R. Madley Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors seven minutes from time when Fox, playing in place of the injured Luke Shaw, was sent off for a terrible two-footed lunge on Reid.

Not since Portsmouth faced Sunderland in Feb 2010 has a Premier League match seen three cards.

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