Lambert Lavishes Praise On Fans

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT says Stoke City’s contingent of ‘incredible supporters’ were the driving factor behind his side’s victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

The Potters had already been consigned to relegation to the Championship after failing to beat Crystal Palace last weekend, but bounced straight back to winning ways to end a disappointing campaign in victorious fashion.

Goals from Badou Ndiaye and Peter Crouch were enough to turn around a one goal deficit and claim the visitors a first Premier League double of the season.

Speaking following the 2-1 triumph in South Wales, the Scotsman said: “The supporters were absolutely incredible out there again today, and I honestly can’t give them enough credit.

“It has been a tough year for everyone connected to this fantastic Club, especially the supporters, so for them to give the lads that backing today was unbelievable.

“I feel for them, I really do because they turn up week in, week out in such large numbers and they have been let down massively this season."

“It’s not a nice feeling at the moment, it is tough and it is all still very raw, but we won the game today and before the start of play that is what I asked of the guys.

“It was tough at times, for the first 20 minutes I thought we were awful, we looked anxious and lethargic but we somehow came back and took the lead.

“At the break I said a few things that I felt needed to be said and we looked a better side out there. We had to defend bravely and make some big challenges and saves, but we made them and we came through the game.”

He added: “I will meet the lads tomorrow, have a good chat with them all individually and look at the things that have shaped the season - the real hard work for everyone at the Club has to start now.”