Wednesday 20 February 2019

Stoke 'draw a line'

Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals
Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert regards the club’s remaining Premier League fixtures this season as "15 cup finals".

The Potters head into today's home clash against Huddersfield, their first match with Lambert in charge, lying 18th in the table, a point adrift of safety.

They have lost six of their previous eight league games, won five out of 23 all season and conceded 50 goals, more than any other club in the division. 

Lambert, appointed as successor to the sacked Mark Hughes on Monday, said: "It's like 15 cup finals. But the way the table is at the moment, one or two wins takes you up there.

"Everything that happened before I came in is, as far as I'm concerned, finished. We draw a line under it, move on and try to get back to winning ways."

Lambert has not managed in the Premier League since February 2015, when he was sacked by Aston Villa, who had finished 15th in their two previous seasons under the Scot, whom they appointed in 2012 after he guided Norwich to back-to-back promotions.

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