Date: 26th September 2016 at 5:27pm
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Rotherham brace goalscorer Rickie Lambert has said he’s confident that Cardiff City will improve in the coming weeks.

Trailing at the weekend to Rotherham United at the New York Stadium until the 34 year old popped up to score his brace and give us the two one victory, speaking to Wales Online he admitted he first three matches had been frustrating, but he felt he was now nicely settled into the group and that would not only make him more potent at the top of the pitch, but he expected everybody to improve as our confidence grows.

He also couldn’t deny that we’re not yet playing at the levels necessary to launch a Play Off bid this season.

‘We shouldn`t have been bottom. I`m not saying that we were looking to get automatic promotion. We were hoping to get around the play-offs and I`m not saying we are going to get there just because we got three points. We are nowhere near that level yet. But it`s a small step today and that`s all we can do. I am just so happy we have got the three points, but not only have we got the three points we have gone a goal down and come back to win. There was a lot of disappointment amongst the squad about the way we`ve handled going a goal down and I`m made up that we have responded in that way. Not only managed not to lose it, but to win it as well. It is also nice to get on the score-sheet and that`s what I have been waiting for and the quicker you can get the first goal the better. The performance wasn`t important today but what mattered is that we didn`t lose and we got the three points.’

For Lambert he also knows after a few season’s of not playing regularly, he has to adjust to being the top man up front again, and whilst he’s relishing that challenge he knows ultimately it should bring its own rewards even if a bit of patience is still required as he hits peak fitness levels.

‘I played 90 minutes and when I joined I wasn`t quite fit. I`m still not quite there at the moment but the more minutes under my belt I`m going to get to the level I know I can get to. Scoring goals is also going to help me confidence wise but minutes on the pitch is what I have missed the last two years. To go from two years not playing to then play four games, I am made up. There is more to come from me. It doesn`t necessarily means you are going to score goals, but performance and fitness wise it`s only going to get better. As horrible as it`s been the last few games, it`s nice to have 90 minutes.’

For anybody questioning his desire and hunger given his drop down from the Premier League, his answer surrounding the potential first goal being skipper Sean Morrison’s should answer that.

‘I don`t know what he is saying or seeing there, but it definitely did not touch him. And I`m claiming the second as well. It would have gone in the top corner if it hadn`t got a deflection. There is a bit of relief I scored. I believe in myself, I always have. I know I can score goals but it`s just getting that first one.’

Adding.

‘The quicker you can get that first goal it makes all the difference. Throughout my career I have normally scored in my first game. It`s taken me four games but I am off the mark now and I am looking forward to Tuesday now.’

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