Date: 1st August 2015 at 5:40pm
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New signing Rickie Lambert returned to his former club Bristol Rovers and scored twice on his debut following his arrival from Liverpool.

In Albion’s final run out of the summer ahead of the Premier League kick off on August 10 against Manchester City at The Hawthorns, Lambert hit a brace with further goals coming from Craig Gardner and Victor Anichebe in our comfortable four nil victory.

Bristol Rovers:

Mildenhall, Leadbitter, J. Clarke, Parkes, Lockyer, Gosling (O. Clarke 62), Sinclair, Lines, Bodin (Montano 45), Taylor, Harrison (Easter 28).

Unused Substitutes:

Lucas, Blissett, Greenslade, Preston (GK).


Myhill, Chester (Sessegnon 64), Dawson, Olsson, Brunt (Leko 81), Gardner (Mcmanaman 57), McClean (O’Neil 64), Yacob (Fitzwater 72), Morrison (Fletcher 64), Berahino (Anichebe 57), Lambert (Ideye 57).

Unused Substitutes:

Ross (GK).

Goals – Lambert (23, 46), Gardner (34), Anichebe (77).

Att: 4,068.

Speaking to following the game head coach Tony Pulis obviously picked out the performance of Lambert for praise, saying once more than he believed the England striker would prove to be a great role model for our youngsters.

‘Rickie’s played at lower level and each time he’s stepped up he’s done well. He did exceptionally well at Southampton and probably feels he deserved more games at Liverpool. But it’s not just on the pitch that he will important, but off the pitch too. He’s a great lad and in Saido we have a wonderful talent, along with other youngsters we have. We hope the way Rickie conducts himself and how he acts will be good for him and our other young players. You cannot have enough role models. He’s been brought up through the lower leagues. When you get the chance to work down there you want to get the chance to claim everything you can – that ambition and drive remains and I hope we see the full benefits of that and I hope the other players do too.’

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