Rickie Lambert eyes top-four finish for Southampton

Southampton's English striker Rickie Lambert passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on August 31, 2013
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Rickie Lambert is confident that Southampton can achieve a top-four finish in the years ahead.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has claimed that the team can achieve a top-four finish in the years ahead.

The Saints are currently 18 points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with seven games left to play.

Despite their slim chances of qualifying for the Champions League this term, Lambert believes that Southampton will climb the table in the coming seasons.

"Our desire is to get into the top four and that's the way the club has been run in the past four years and that's the vision the players have and it's the one that the club has," the England international told the club's official website.

"So for me it's what the players still want going forward and it's what we're expecting to be honest."

Southampton return to Premier League action on Saturday at home to Newcastle United.

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