Stoke City boss Paul Lambert has issued a rallying cry ahead of his side’s game against Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend, and admitted that his side need to dig in and fight for their lives.
The club are right in the relegation mix, and while they simply haven’t been good enough for long periods of the season, it seems that Lambert also thinks there has been a huge amount of bad luck that has come Stoke’s way – and without luck, it’s very hard to win games in the top flight of the Premier League.
He spoke with Sky Sports and said: “Every bit as big as the Huddersfield game when I first came in.
“I view them as important as everything else. It is not down beat or anything like that but I am going to fight. As long as you fight you have a chance and that’s what you do, you keep fighting for it.
“It is a tough game but I know we are more than capable of winning and that’s the mindset I’ll have when we go down there.
“It is a really tough game, the next couple of games are tough, but I can see that right through the seven games. But we are in with a fight.
“Obviously nobody wants to be in that position but we should have had more points than we’ve got.
“We’ve had no luck which you need in football and as a team, you need a bit of luck to go your way.
“Individual errors have cost us in certain games but the performance level of the team I couldn’t ask anymore from them.”
The battle to stay in the Premier League is possibly harder than it’s ever been, with the sides in and around the drop zone putting together runs of form and then losing a few games and finding themselves right back in the mix.
That being said, momentum is huge, and Lambert knows that – and while taking on an in-form Arsenal side is certainly something that is daunting, it could well be the spark his side need to go on a run from now until the end of the season and perform what currently looks like an almost impossible task and avoid the drop.