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‘Sh*t Rickie Lambert’ – Haaland trolling amuses Southampton legend & gets brilliant response

18:22 GMT+3 12/01/2023
Erling Haaland Manchester City 2022-23
Erling Haaland was branded a “sh*t Rickie Lambert” during Manchester City’s defeat at Southampton, with the Saints legend responding to that trolling.
  • Norwegian stepped off the bench in cup clash
  • Registered a rare blank at St Mary's
  • Home support delighted in the Blues' struggles

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WHAT HAPPENED? A shock 2-0 victory over the reigning Premier League champions has sent Southampton into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, with City failing to register a single shot on target across 90 uncharacteristically frustrating minutes at St Mary’s. Haaland was introduced by Pep Guardiola in the 56th minute in a bid to add some firepower to his side, but the prolific Norwegian – with 27 goals to his name this season – failed to find the back of the net for just the seventh time in the 2022-23 campaign as Saints supporters took great delight in comparing him to club icon Lambert.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Lambert, who scored 117 goals for Southampton through 235 appearances in a five-year spell on the south coast, posted on social media after being made aware of the Haaland jibes: “He’s still got time to improve!”

WHAT NEXT? Ex-England international Lambert, who left Southampton for Liverpool in 2014, has been able to see the funny side of Saints supporters poking fun at Haaland – with a cup run providing a welcome distraction at St Mary’s – but there is no escaping the fact that Nathan Jones’ side need to produce that level of performance on a more regular basis after hitting rock-bottom in the Premier League table.