Away form key, says Saint Lambert

Ricki Lambert
Rickie Lambert says Southampton need to be more solid away from St Mary's. Photo: PA

Rickie Lambert knows Southampton have to start picking up more points away from home if they are to beat the drop.

Saints picked up just their fourth Barclays Premier League point of the campaign away from home at Fulham yesterday.

Having impressively dispatched QPR in November, Nigel Adkins' side returned to west London to eke out a 1-1 draw.

After Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring in the eighth minute, Saints plugged away and Lambert's spot-kick five minutes from time earned a point.

"We need to be solid (away from home)," the Saints striker said.

"We have been solid in the last few weeks. We are disappointed with their goal, but I think after that they didn't create any chances.

"We are defending well at the minute. We've got to keep that up and obviously carry on scoring goals.

"We're disappointed with our performance, but I think we deserved the point.

"I think we were getting better as the game went on and we looked like we were going to score whether that penalty came or not.

"It's a good point. Away to Fulham is a good point any day of the year, so we're happy with that and we're going into Stoke away now which is going to be another hard game."

Lambert's goal was his seventh in the top flight and continues his 100 per cent penalty success rate at Southampton, although he thought Cottagers goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had done enough to save it.

"I panicked, I honestly thought he'd saved it," Lambert said, with the relief etched on his face.

"He got a good hand on to it and it just managed to go just under the bar.

"It took me a while to realise it had hit the net, but thankfully it went in.

"I fancied myself. I always fancy myself with the penalties but I didn't quite hit it where I wanted it to go.

"I wanted it to go more in the corner, but thankfully I've hit it hard enough to squeeze in."