Lambert highlights Hammers test

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Stoke boss Paul Lambert believes his side's situation means they cannot afford to lose on Monday at West Ham.

The Potters currently sit 19th in the table, six points from safety and with just one win since Lambert took the reins in January, appear set to end their 10-year stint in the top flight.

Encouraging performances in the defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham have given the Stoke squad some belief and the fixture list does provide them with a chance to take points off those in and around, with games against Crystal Palace and Swansea to come.

Burnley and Liverpool are their other opponents but for now all the focus in on Monday’s trip to West Ham.

The Scot believes his side’s task will be escalated should they lose in Stratford and has highlighted the game as the chance to get the three wins he believes will be required to survive.

‘I don’t think we can afford to lose it,’ he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. ‘I still think we’ve got to win three games. There will still be a lot of twists and turns. We’re going into the game confident.

‘I know it’s a difficult game – it’s a massive game for them as well. If we win, then it pulls them right back in it.’


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