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Lambert's Backing For Butland

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT has no doubt that Jack Butland will bounce back from his King Power Stadium mistake.

The England goalkeeper conceded an unfortunate own goal 20 minutes from time against Leicester yesterday as he spilled Marc Albrighton’s right-wing cross into his own net, calling out Xherdan Shaqiri’s spectacular first half opener.

Butland made amends for his error soon afterwards as he produced an outstanding save to deny Riyad Mahrez as the Potters claimed what could yet prove to be a valuable point from their trip to the East Midlands.

It represented an uncharacteristic error from the City No.1 and Lambert sprang to the defensive of the 24-year-old.

“I’m sure it’s not the first mistake Jack has made and it certainly won’t be his last,” Lambert said. “Butland is the best goalkeeper in Britain, without a shadow of doubt. He will make mistakes, as all footballers do, but he’s a top-class goalkeeper.

“He made a terrific save, the one to his right-hand side from Mahrez that was arguably his best save.

“I know Jack is disappointed about the mistake but he’s a great lad and I know it won’t affect his confidence. He’s a top class professional and will be fine.”

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