Date: 18th January 2016 at 10:12am
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Midfielder James Ward-Prowse was delighted to score his first two goals of the season in the weekend’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

Finding the net with his set piece to open the scoring before then adding a penalty, leaving second half substitute Dusan Tadic to complete the scoring in the three nil victory at St Mary’s, a delighted youngster joked he didn’t dare miss the penalty chance with former colleague Rickie Lambert looking on.

Speaking to saintsfc in his own post game press interviews, Prowsy explained.

‘Rickie had an unbelievable record for the club and now its two in two for me, but it would be nice to replicate his record. Obviously 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline, but to go two goals up was great and then I think the third was the most important. I think that killed the game for them.’

Lambert of course converted all 34 penalty chances he had whilst with us, and that certainly wouldn’t be a bad return for our talented Academy Graduate as he continues developing in and around the first team.

With it known of his quality from set pieces, converting both in the game should hopefully be the confidence boost he needs now to really get his goal threat going this season.

‘Rickie did a bit of training with me a few years back, so he must have been proud of that one as well. It`s something I`ve been working on, and it`s been unfortunate not to get a few more. I`ve been quite close, had a few for England, but it`s nice to put one away in front of the stadium and to see the fans erupt like that was great.’

Speaking more specifically about the first goal, he admitted the emotion hit him as he saw it nestle into the net.

‘I wanted to cry. So much hard work goes into it and so many go close in games, so to finally get that feeling was great. It was a great way to start the game and I`d like to dedicate the goals to Roy Beazley, who unfortunately passed away a couple of weeks ago. He`s a great credit to the club and did a lot for us and the young lads coming through. The goals are for him.’

With the win meaning back to back victories for the first time since November and three on the trot on home soil, Ward-Prowse knew how important it was to get back on a run of form and results given how things went for us in December.

‘It`s been a big week. It started off with a bad result against Crystal Palace, but we knew this week was going to be make or break for our season. To pick up six points from the last two games is great. It gives us a bit of momentum now to push on. When you`re going through a tough period it`s all about making sure you work hard and stick together. We know we`re a good team, we`ve got good players and we`ve got great fans cheering us on.’

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