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Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert happy to avoid further Norwich City embarrassment for Southampton

18:29 16 March 2014

Jay Rodriguez scores of Southamptons third to make it 3-0 during Norwich City

Jay Rodriguez scores of Southamptons third to make it 3-0 during Norwich City's Premier League defeat at St Mary's. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images

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It was rather strange that both sides were at least partially unhappy come the final whistle at St Mary’s. Of course, it wouldn’t take much imagination to see how Southampton could come to terms with their minor late lapse. City’s problems run far deeper.

However, the Saints know their hopes of securing European football next season will require more care and attention than they produced against an arguably disarming Canaries – from 3-0 and coasting on 85 minutes, to just a 3-2 lead with a worrying amount of time to play.

“We’re very disappointed that we let it get to that,” said Jay Rodriguez, who now has 14 goals this season. “We were in control of the game at 3-0 and everyone was playing really well. Then we made two mistakes we didn’t really need to, but I thought everyone stuck together.

“We want to go on a run, so to follow up on a win (at Crystal Palace) by beating another team is what we want to be doing.”

The 24-year-old is still in contention for a place on England’s plane to this summer’s World Cup, and his weekend performance in front of the watching national boss Roy Hodgson won’t have done his hopes any harm.

It may even be a decision between Rodriguez and Saints team-mate Rickie Lambert for Brazil – and even based solely on Saturday, it’s not a bad choice for Hodgson to have.

Lambert added: “Within a minute we’d gone from dominating completely to them trying to equalise – the speed it turned around, I haven’t seen that before.

“It was a very strange game. It would have been very interesting in the dressing room if we’d managed to lose a three-goal lead but we won, that’s all that matters.

“It was out of the blue. They scored one and two. And to be fair to Norwich, that lifted them completely and they were a dangerous team.”

Southampton next face a trip to Tottenham on Sunday.

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  • Too true Mr Punton's barnet. The Rio de Janerio of the Orwell with the statue of Bobby Robson, Redeemer looking down.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • Even the Orwell`s a fabrication; it`s the Gipping really. A piddling rivulet that runs thro` Stowmarket before somehow transmogrifying into that large festuary. Not in the same class as the Winsome Wensum, the Mighty Yare or The Brown Danube (née Bure).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 17, 2014

  • They both deserve to be playing in Brazil, just as we deserve to be playing in Ipswich.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • What terrific team player Ricky Lambert is, so unselfish. Rodriguez may be outscoring him but Lambert provides so many assists, too. Not that different from Holty in his prime. Oh for a front-man like that.Yes, Wigan have just about extinguished 1p5wich`s play-off ambitions, so it`ll be Portaloo Lane for the Carra faithful next season. The donkeys will be out for revenge, and with the current clueless clowns in charge at Norwich, they`ll be favourites to get it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 17, 2014

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