Lambert relishes Holt reunion

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 18:26 GMT

Southampton's Rickie Lambert is eyeing a reunion with former Rochdale strike partner Grant Holt when Norwich visit St Mary's on Wednesday.

Rickie Lambert: Looking forward to reunion with Holt

The pair have had to work their way up from the lower leagues and just over six years ago were playing together at Spotland in the fourth tier.

Now both are being touted as potential England internationals and face one another as Premier League players for the first time on Wednesday - something Lambert still find hard to fathom.

"We were more worried about staying in the Football League than thinking about playing in the top flight one day," the striker told the club's official website.

"But it's nice to see how Grant's career has gone, and I'll certainly be speaking to him tomorrow.

"We text each other now and again, and he's given me quite a bit of advice over the past two years.

"I really enjoyed my time with Rochdale because I'd come off a bad spell at Stockport.

"My strike partner was Grant, and we hit it off almost straight away. Since then our career paths have kind of been the same.

"I'm just so happy with how his career has gone in the last few seasons, and the way he's done in the Premier League is just brilliant to see.

"Perhaps we appreciate (playing in the top flight) more than most because of the paths that we have taken - I know for a fact that I appreciate where I am now."

There had been some concerns as to whether Lambert would be involved in the match after sustaining a leg injury in Sunday's 2-0 defeat of Newcastle.

However, the 30-year-old trained on Tuesday, and should feature for a Southampton side looking for a third successive win.

"I've always had belief we would get results," Lambert said.

"Some of our performances earlier in the season were good but mistakes have cost us. It felt so good to finally get some wins, and hopefully we can push on now.

"It'd be massive if we could get three wins in a row. There are a lot of teams close together, so back-to-back wins take you up a long way."

While Lambert should return, the game could come too soon for Danny Fox after missing out on Sunday with a knee complaint. Frazer Richardson and Richard Chaplow are also expect to remain sidelined for the match.

Meanwhile, Southampton announced a new partnership with local side Eastleigh.

The Blue Square Bet South side have long had an informal affiliation with Saints, although it has now become an official agreement.

The link-up will see some of Southampton's Under-21 Premier League games staged at the Spitfires' Silverlake Stadium, and also involves a youth football co-operation.

Les Reed, executive director of Saints' football development and support centre, said of the deal: "This is a great opportunity for our two clubs to form a relationship which benefits football in and around the Southampton community."