Opposition View: Stoke City

By SFC Media time Fri 02 Mar Saints v Stoke
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Paul Lambert feels his Stoke City side can head to St Mary’s with confidence after their recent performances.

The Potters last two results have both been 1-1 draws against Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City respectively.

And ahead of another important clash, the Stoke boss feels the could have had more in recent weeks.

“Our form is really good. I can’t fault the lads the way they’re playing. In the last two games we’ve had individual errors where we might have otherwise picked up six points,” Lambert reflected.

“But that’s football. I don’t have a problem with how we’re playing at the minute because we’re doing really well.

“When I first came in I said we had 15 cup finals and my view hasn’t changed. I don’t think the results have given us what the performances have merited but we’ll go to Southampton and try to win.

“I’ve no fear or trepidation going into games, I think we are going to win them and the way the lads are playing shows they’re more than capable.”

Saints head into the game in 16th position in the Premier League and needing a win themselves.

Manolo Gabbiadini earned a last-gasp point at Turf Moor last weekend, and Lambert says few would have expected both sides to have been in this position.

He added: “They’re probably the same as ourselves. Nobody expected them to be in the position they’re in.

“You’ve got to try and fight to get out of it, but the league is difficult. One win takes you up a few places and a defeat takes you down.

“At the start of the season, I don’t think anyone would have been predicting them to be where they are either.”

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