Southampton striker Rickie Lambert was named npower Championship Player of the Year on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old has been in imperious form for Saints this season, with his 21 league goals propelling the promoted club to top of the division. Lambert beat team-mate Adam Lallana and Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham to the award in what has been an incredible first season in the second tier of English football.

"This award has surprised me a little bit as I thought my team-mate Ads was going to get it," he told Press Association Sport. "I am surprised but delighted. I did not think I was going to be so nervous walking to collect the award, but it was so long and my mouth dried up."

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