Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Barclays Premier League

Lambert plays mind-games before QPR tie



Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has started the mind-games before Saturday's bottom-of-the-table clash with Queen's Park Rangers, saying the bulk of the pressure is on their London hosts.

But with Saints on five points, and Rangers on four - both from 11 matches played - there is precious little to choose between the teams, and the pressure on both is palpable.

QPR are yet to win a match this season in England's top flight, and Lambert says Southampton are ready to kick-start their season with a polished performance away from home and a second win of the campaign.

"It's a game we're confident that we can win or get a result (draw) from," Lambert said. "There's going to be pressure on both teams and probably a little more pressure on them as it's at their place instead of ours.

"I have played there and it's one of my favourite grounds. I love the way that... the fans are right over you and it's an intimidating ground, but it's an experience playing there and I can't wait for it."

Saints will need Lambert to be at his eager best. Last year's runaway top-scorer in the Championship (second division) in Southampton's promotion year, he has led from the front with four goals from 11 appearances in the top flight.

"We understand how important it is, but we're going about it the way that we always go into our games, which is looking to get three points," Lambert told Saints Player club television.

"Obviously we understand the importance of it because of the positions of the two teams, but we'll be ready come Saturday. Cool heads will be needed as it will be a very high tempo game so we've got to be calm, but we will be up for the game."

Saints manager Nigel Adkins hopes his side will bring the momentum from a much-improved performance against Swansea City last time out into Saturday's match.

"I believe we're improving all the time and we do look like a team. I thought we had a good shape about ourselves last week," Adkins said. "There's a positivity, a focus and a confidence about the players."

However, the south coast rhetoric is matched almost word-for-word in West London, where QPR are desperate to get off the mark.

QPR's former Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero believes a win over Saints would be hugely significant for Rangers, and says it is only a matter of time before they click.

"I believe the first win will change everything," he told the club's website. "We are doing the correct things and that is why I think it's going to be better for us very soon.

"We know this is going to be massive for us," said Granero, who joined the R's from Real Madrid in the summer. "We play at home against one of our rivals. We know the supporters are with us and they deserve more than we are giving to them."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

SS3
Wed, 20 Aug @ 04:00
Wed, 20 Aug @ 05:00
Wed, 20 Aug @ 18:30
Wed, 20 Aug @ 19:00

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
BPL kick-off silences fans
I need to stop mouthing off about which premier league team is going to win the Barclays Premier...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Confidence vital for Man United
A lot has been said about what Louis van Gaal has to do to get Manchester United back to the level...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Howard Webb’s legacy - what will it be?
The recent and, it would appear, sudden retirement of Howard Webb from refereeing caught some,...

Collins Okinyo
Africa oh Africa
I am overcome with sadness at the appalling state of football administration on the continent. Look...

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
There is fire in Rooney’s eyes
Once Van Gaal was appointed as successor to David Moyes, it smelled like doom for Rooney’s United...

John Dykes
The clash of the coaches
Have you heard the one about the Dutchman, the Frenchman, the Portuguese, the Chilean and the...