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Our Season Starts On Saturday - Lambert

Paul Lambert

PAUL LAMBERT believes his side are facing 15 cup finals between now and the end of the season.

The Scotsman takes to the bet365 Stadium as Potters boss for the first time this weekend as he looks to lead his troops to a first victory of 2018 against Huddersfield Town.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the 48-year-old revealed that he has told his charges to draw a line under their season thus far and fully concentrate on the task in hand.

“It’s an important game for us, we know we have 15 cup finals now but a number of sides will be saying the same,” he stated.

“One or two wins will take you up the table - everything that happened here at this Club before I came in is finished now 

“We have drawn a line under it, and I have told them that there are 15 games left to turn everything around."

“I have a great group of players here, an incredibly talented group but results suggest that things haven’t been too good.

“If everything was good then I wouldn’t be sitting here in this position - I know that, and I understand that Mark Hughes did a fantastic job here, just as Tony did beforehand.

“This is probably the first time in a decade that the Club has found themselves in this sort of position.”

He added: “That can happen when maybe you take your eye off the ball just a little bit, but we have a lot of games still to play but we know if we can win enough of them then we will be absolutely fine.”