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Lambert's Forward Thinking

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT has challenged his players to showcase their ruthless side and fire the Potters to Premier League survival between now and the end of the season.

The Scotsman has suffered just two defeats in seven since being appointed as manager in January, vastly improving the side’s previously poor defensive record in the process.

However, he now wants his side to add goals to their game, starting in this weekend’s pivotal encounter against Everton at the bet365 Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the match, he said: “The lads have given me absolutely everything over the past couple of months, and I really can’t fault them.

“There are still areas that we have to be better in and one of those is up in the final third of the pitch.

“We get in to good positions but that final pass hasn’t quite been there, so that has to improve and we also need guys to chip in with goals."

“I am not referring to just strikers when I say that, we need goals from all areas of the pitch - we defend as a team and we need to score goals as a team too.

“Xherdan Shaqiri has been outstanding for us, but we can’t be solely reliant on him. Unless you are Lionel Messi then you can’t keep relying on one player.”

He added: “As a team we need to take more risks in the final third, be a little bit more constructive. We have players to do it, so we need them to pull the trigger a bit earlier sometimes.”