New Stoke boss Lambert hails players and fans after winning start

Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals

Paul Lambert boss believes Stoke will face 15 cup finals

Pritchard looked to be a bright spark on the right-hand side for Huddersfield, and helped set up the visitor's first chance of the game, after lovely interplay between himself and Hadergjonaj allowed the full-back to get a unsafe cross into the box. However, was unable to direct his effort on target.

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"I think we should always just worry about what we're doing because every team has good players and quality, so we need to try and bring our quality out on to the pitch".

Victory was secured thanks to second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf as Lambert relished being back on centre stage in the top flight with wild celebrations of both strikes.

Xherdan Shaqiri missed a glorious chance to put the Potters in front in first half stoppage time but was denied when his lob was clawed out of mid air by the giant paw of Town goalie Jonas Lossl.

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After spluttering badly in recent weeks Arsenal were sweeping forward with real goal and doubled their lead in the 10th minute. Luka Milivojevic swivelled to drive in Palace's consolation in the 78th minute, but the damage was long since done.

Lambert was cheered ahead of kickoff and ended up doing a jig on the touchline after Allen got on the end of Eric Choupo-Moting's cross in the 53rd minute and then Diouf rounded off an intricate move on 69 minutes. Shaqiri was played through on goal, cut inside onto his favoured left foot and got his shot away, however Lossl was equal to it and was able to smother the ball.

Huddersfield offered very little as an attacking threat and are now without a win in six Premier League matches, a run which has seen them slip to within three points of the relegation zone.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner was quick to react to going behind, and took off Ince and Prichard either side of the hour mark and replaced them with Collin Quaner and Abdelhamid Sabiri.

Huddersfield were awful, producing a performance that had the unmistakable whiff of relegation, while Stoke are now up and running again.

Choupo-Moting's crisp through pass was brilliantly back-heeled by Shaqiri and Diouf didn't break stride as he slid the ball beyond Lossl and in off the post. This was Lambert's first Premier League win since Dec 2014.

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