“We have to win” – Paul Lambert on Stoke City’s game against Crystal Palace

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Stoke City boss Paul Lambert was in a positive mood ahead of the do-or-die relegation clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Anything other than victory will all but send Stoke City down into the Championship.

It would leave the Potters with one game to go an a far inferior goal difference to fourth from bottom Swansea.

Lambert said today: “We have to win. It’s a must win game.

“You can’t wait for people to do you a favour.

“We’ll try and play as well as we have been, and try and get a victory and if we get that we go into the last day.

“The group has the character [to win two out of two]there’s no doubt about that.

“We need to be clinical at the top end.

“That’s what’s hurt us the most.”

There will not be many changes to the Stoke squad that played at Anfield last Saturday.

Bruno Martins-Indi will miss out, but Glen Johnson is back in training.

Maxim Choupo-Moting has resumed light training, but will not be ready for Saturday.

Joe Allen has a hamstring injury but Lambert did not state if he will play.

Lambert was quick to praise his opposite manager Roy Hodgson, the former England boss.

“Roy’s done a good job down there and it’s going to be tough.

“They’re playing well themselves. Realistically they’re safe, so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

“But no matter what, we have to be ready for this.”

Lambert also played down rumours regarding Wolverhampton Wanderers’ potential £35 million bid for Stoke keeper Jack Butland.

“Is that for one glove?” he joked.

“You might get one glove for that. I get on well with the people at Wolves, but I think that will only get you Jack’s right hand.”

Stoke City fans will hope they can convert their decent performances into wins to ensure their tenth season in the Premier League won’t be their last.

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