Mauricio Pochettino hails Rickie Lambert

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino watch their side's in action on February 9, 2013
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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hails striker Rickie Lambert after his display against Manchester City.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the qualities of striker Rickie Lambert.

The 30-year-old starred in the Saints' 3-1 win over Manchester City yesterday, and is the Premier League's top-scoring Englishman.

"For me, he is an extraordinary player," said Pochettino. "When I see his career, I am surprised he hasn't played longer in the Premier League.

"He has many qualities, and none are outstanding over the others. It's well known he's a good player, he can shoot well and he's skilful, what surprised me is his mentality."

The win yesterday has moved Southampton up to 15th in the Premier League.

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