Lambert won't sulk over Southampton bench role

Rickie Lambert won't get down after starting for Southampton on the bench for defeat at Manchester City.

Rickie Lambert won't get down after starting for Southampton on the bench for defeat at Manchester City.

Saints boss Nigel Adkins sprang a surprise when he left out the club's top scorer for the past three seasons.

With his side 1-0 down at the home of the champions, Adkins eventually turned to the 30-year-old, who made an instant impact by equalising.

Lambert said: "I was disappointed not to start.

"I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't, but there's no sulking between the lads it's just a case of being ready for when you get your chance and that's what I've done.

"I was on the bench and I was just desperate to get my chance."

He added: "Everyone is fighting for the 11 places and the ones who are not in there are fighting to get onto the pitch."

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