Lambert off to winning start as Stoke upend Huddersfield

Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals

Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals

Paul Lambert enjoyed the flawless start to his career as Stoke City manager as his new side brushed aside Huddersfield Town 2-0 at a raucous bet365 stadium to move out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.

Lambert made four changes to the side that was beaten 3-0 by Manchester United in their last Premier League outing.

Stoke, with some of their key players such as skipper Ryan Shawcross back from injury, looked a different side from the one which crashed out of the FA Cup to League Two Coventry City in Mark Hughes' final match in charge. "They've done a good job this season and I'm sure they'll be there on the weekend as well".

Pritchard looked to be a bright spark on the right-hand side for Huddersfield, and helped set up the visitor's first chance of the game, after lovely interplay between himself and Hadergjonaj allowed the full-back to get a unsafe cross into the box.

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The second half began much like the first half ended with Stoke in the ascendancy.

Xherdan Shaqiri missed a glorious chance to put the Potters in front in first half stoppage time but was denied when his lob was clawed out of mid air by the giant paw of Town goalie Jonas Lossl. However, the linesman ruled the goal out, judging Shaqiri to be offside when the ball was flicked on from a throw in.

Stoke City, with 23 points from 24 games, are momentarily out of the bottom three in the English top-flight log as 18th-placed Southampton [on 21 points] have a game at hand.

Shortly afterwards, it was effectively game over as Biram Diouf found the net via the inside of the post after being teed up by neat work from Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting, who had initially regained possession.

Huddersfield were awful, producing a performance that had the unmistakable whiff of relegation, while Stoke are now up and running again. His cross evaded the substitute Peter Crouch and fell to Choupo-Moting on the edge of the area, however he was unable to keep his effort down.

Allen brought the match to life after a forgettable first half by putting the hosts on course for a first win in five league matches with a cool 53rd minute opener. Check. Out of the relegation zone?

PAUL LAMBERT made a winning start as Stoke boss, as he inspired the Potters to their first win in six games.

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