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Lambe bags brace but Toronto lose again

Reggie Lambe’s double salvo against Chicago Fire couldn’t help Toronto FC from slipping to their sixth successive defeat of the MLS season.

The Bermuda international struck his first goals in professional football during the first half of Saturday’s match at the BMO Stadium, which ended 3-2 to the visitors.

In the 36th minute he let rip with a right-footed rocket from outside the penalty area after a poor punched clearance from a corner kick by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Four minutes later Lambe scored again when he fired home Ryan Johnson’s cross from the left to give Toronto their first lead of the campaign.

The former Ipswich Town winger described his maiden MLS goal as ‘very special’ but expressed his disappointment that Toronto didn’t come away with a victory.

“It felt good to be out there playing and winning but it’s disappointing to come away with a loss,” Lambe told the Toronto FC website.

“From the corner, I anticipated the ball falling to that area, once I controlled the ball I gave it a little shift to the right and put my foot through it.

“I anticipated the cross coming in from Ryan Johnson, once it fell to me I just made sure I put it home.

“It was very special, it was my first professional career goal ever so I really enjoyed it.”

Fire made a blistering start to the game with Dominic Oduro giving Fire the lead after just 25 seconds.

Gonzalo Segares levelled for the visitors just before half-time, before Patrick Nyarko scored the winner in the 58th minute.

Toronto coach Aron Winter experimented with a 3-4-3 formation against Fire, which Lambe believes will help reverse the team’s flagging fortunes.

“We tried a new formation and I think that could be key to our success. We’ll be working hard on the formation this week,” he said.

Winter, who signed Lambe last December, insists the club are on the right track despite their dismal run of results.

“I think if you compare to last season, we have made a very huge progression,” Winter said.

“Of course it needs some time. And it’s always very important that in that time we need some points. And we are training hard and working hard to get those first points.”

Asked how an 0-6-0 team can represent any kind of progress, Winter replied: “We have lost six games. I’m not happy about it.

But if you saw how the way how we started last year and how most of the players have made a huge progression, I think that we’re on the right track.”

Toronto travel to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Reggie Lambe

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Published April 23, 2012 at 9:24 am (Updated April 23, 2012 at 9:23 am)

Lambe bags brace but Toronto lose again

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