Stoke slumped to yet another home defeat on Saturday and edged even closer to the drop. The Potters are now 19th and 3 points away from safety. However, Paul Lambert isn't throwing in the towel just yet, and he insists his team is capable of staying up.
Charlie Adam's reckless challenge on Wayne Rooney was the turning point on Saturday and his red card was fully justified. Stoke cannot afford to have any more disciplinary issues as they are struggling to win games even with 11 men. They need all hands on deck if they are to have any chance of dodging the drop.
Mistakes Costing Stoke
Paul Lambert was in defiant mood after the Everton defeat, and he claims that errors are costing Stoke dearly. He said: “It’s my job to keep them upbeat, as long as the effort and the commitment is there, that’s got to be a given.”
“You can’t keep shooting yourself in the foot and mistakes are costing us at the minute. There’s still time. We’ve still got to get above that line at all costs and there’s still a long way to go, but the games are must-win now.”
“It’s my job to keep them upbeat, as long as the effort and the commitment is there, that’s got to be a given, but you can’t keep shooting yourself in the foot and mistakes are costing us at the minute.
Lambert Wont Play Blame Game
Although Charlie Adam's moment of madness was what cost his team the game, his manager isn't pointing any fingers. As he revealed after the match: “There’s still time. I never blame any player because it’s an honest mistake and I hate the blame culture because I don’t think it gets anyone anywhere.”
“It’s a team game. He’s not a malice player. He started pretty well, Charlie, getting his range of passing going, but the actual incident, I can understand why the referee gave it. I spoke to him (Adam) after and he’s very down. He’s disappointed like everybody else.”