Paul Lambert proud of ‘first class’ support following home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur

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Paul Lambert was delighted with the Stoke City faithful as he praised ‘first class’ support after his side were narrowly beat 1-2 at home  to Tottenham Hotspur.

The game was cruelly taken away from the Potters as Christian Eriksen’s brace sandwiched an equaliser from Stoke City forward Mame Biram Diouf.

Stoke had chances early on, and should have taken the lead early-on when Diouf spurned a golden chance 11-yards out after neat work from Erik Pieters on the left.

Jack Butland was called into action shortly before the interval, and produced a brilliant save when he was one-on-one with Heung-Min Son.

Both teams went in locked at 0-0 at half-time, but Stoke’s hard work was shortly undone when Bruno Martins Indi’s lackadaisical approach on the ball provided Dele Alli with the chance to tee-up Christian Eriksen who fired Spurs into the lead.

Stoke pushed for an equaliser, and got one not long after with a mix of quality from Xherdan Shaqiri, and sheer persistence from Diouf combined to get Stoke what was a sloppy leveller.

Mame Diouf celebrates Stoke City’s equaliser

Mame Diouf celebrates Stoke City’s equaliser

Eriksen eventually dealt the final blow in the game as his free-kick beat Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland. Harry Kane initially ran off celebrating, but replays have shown that there was no touch from Kane, despite his claims.

Stoke threw the kitchen sink at Spurs, but they weren’t able to get anything from a game in which saw them receive a standing ovation from the home crowd at the final whistle, something which manager Paul Lambert was surprised by.

“The supporters have been first class since the second I walked through these doors at Stoke. We thought we’d won the game with the support we received at the end – I’ve never seen anything like it out there.

“I thought we were excellent throughout the game today against a brilliant side. I genuinely couldn’t have asked for more from the players from the last two games. How we’ve got zero points from them is beyond belief – we don’t look like a team in the bottom three.”

His side now currently sit in 19th, and crucially four points behind 17th placed Crystal Palace who picked up a vital point away at Bournemouth, but Lambert is still full of belief.

“Nothing’s essentially changed, we still need three wins and I’m sure that now we’re playing teams in and around us, that if we play like that in those games, the victories will come.”

 

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