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Lambert's Forward Thinking

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT has challenged his players to play on the front foot and take the game to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Potters have endured a frustrating campaign on the road, claiming three points just once - a narrow 1-0 triumph over then high-flying Watford at Vicarage Road back in October.

However, despite that, the Scotsman says he has seen more than enough from his players since his arrival last month to convince him that there is more than enough quality to improve upon such a bleak return.

Speaking in the build-up to the game, he said: “I’ve got that fight and commitment from them and you can’t ask for any more.

“We’ve got 11 cup finals ahead of us and no matter what, that isn’t going to change.

“At least I know we’ve got the confidence to go and win games - I have seen that from them in each of the four matches so far, and that is a real positive."

“We have been right in all of the matches and had chances and opportunities to win them all too, so in a way it is frustrating that we don’t have more than the five points we have picked up.

“That said, five points from four, and losing just once isn’t a bad return - at the start of the season, you would certainly take that, but maybe because of the position we are in it is easy to look and think we should have got more.

“As I said before though, we have had moments to win a couple more of those games, which is why we will be trying to play on the front foot at the weekend.”

He added: “We won’t be setting our stall out to defend, because that isn’t the way I like to play, and also we have the players to go out there and hurt them.”