Lambert at the double for Saints
5:13pm Saturday 22nd September 2012 in © Press Association 2014
A Rickie Lambert-inspired Southampton produced a superb comeback to collect their first victory back in the top flight as they beat Aston Villa 4-1.
Saints came into the match rooted to the bottom after four successive defeats but secured three points on the south coast as their 30-year-old talisman netted twice and set up another. Their miserable start to life back in the Premier League had looked set to continue after sloppy defending allowed Darren Bent to break the deadlock in the first half.
However, Lambert drew the hosts level in the second half after firing home under pressure and the match turned on its head five minutes later. Nathaniel Clyne slotted home from close range before Jason Puncheon saw a shot deflected in by Villa defender Ciaran Clark. Lambert then netted his second of the day from the spot in stoppage time.