Nine cup finals for the Potters as Lambert previews Everton game

Paul Lambert has somewhat halted the slump that Stoke City found themselves in, with only two of his games ending in losses, but only one resulting in three points with the other four games giving his side a point.

Everton are the visitors to Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow and Paul Lambert challenged his side to take the game to the Toffee’s; “If we win on Saturday and get out of the bottom three, psychologically that would be a great thing for us.”

Having been in the bottom three when he joined, Stoke have resonated there since but the Scot was keen to quash any thoughts of relegation, “We have been in the bottom three for a number of weeks and we’ve handled it, but we’re only six points off 12th. There is nothing in it.”

“It is well within our capabilities and some of the run-ins some teams have got are extremely difficult. I am thankful it is in our hands and we don’t have to rely on other teams.”

Stoke lost 2-0 to champions elect Manchester City on Monday but the Stoke manager knows how hard his team worked, “We came up against an extraordinary team, a team from another league, they have fabulous footballers, their speed is incredibly high.

“But we never wilted, we stayed in the game for as long as we could.”

And finally, the new boss praised the fans at the bet365 Stadium, before acknowledging that his side’s performance had to excite the fans, “The fans have been absolutely brilliant, home and away, and we’ll need them on Saturday – but it’s up to us to give them something as well.

“We have to entertain, it’s our home game. We have to go on the front foot. There is no time for fatigue. You have to be ready for it.”



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