Date: 7th December 2012 at 6:21pm
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Paul Lambert has refused to criticise Stoke’s more direct style of play, choosing instead to focus on the challenge they will be for our lads.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Lambert said he was impressed with what Tony Pulis has achieved over the past few seasons, and he also said there is more to Stoke than hoof ball:

‘I think Tony has done fantastic there, a brilliant job. There is not a right or wrong way to play football, it’s everybody’s prerogative how they play and Stoke, for a number of years, have been terrific in the league. It’s going to be a really hard game for us. They have some really good players and it’s not just a physical presence. But we are playing well enough ourselves to win.’

I think everybody is expecting a tough game and the bottom line is we can’t afford to play like we did against QPR, we need a return to the type of game we played against the Manchester’s if we expect to get anything out of this…and we do need something out of it.

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