Rickie Lambert netted a goal and two assists, to power Southampton’s 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage.
Lambert notched his seventh goal of the season and now leads the Saints in assists with seven. He got Southampton on the scoreboard when he found Adam Lallana in the 64th minute for the first goal of the match.
Lambert created some breathing room with his goal in the 70th minute to put the visitors up, 2-0, and then assisted on Jay Rodriguez's strike five minutes later.
It was another painful result for the Cottagers. Fulham extended their winless streak to four straight matches, and they haven’t netted a goal in three straight. Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc blocked all four of Fulham’s targeted shots for his eighth clean sheet this season.
Both sides were evenly matched until Lallana broke through for his seventh goal of the year, completing a fastbreak off Lambert’s deft assist to the left side of the box and a shot across the goal past Maarten Stekelenburg.
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Lambert’s goal came four minutes later with an excellent low cross from Nathaniel Clyne deep on the sideline and a soft right-footed touch to the bottom right corner.
In the 75th minute, Rodriguez padded Southampton’s lead after Lambert launched a clearing through ball and the Englishman created space around two Fulham defenders for a right-footed shot that rose above Stekelenburg.
Rodriguez is now tied for fifth in the Premier League scoring list with 11 goals this season.