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Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Joe Allen
Joe Allen's goal was his second in the Premier League this season

New Stoke boss Paul Lambert joked he had "forgotten what it was like" to be on the touchline as he marked his return to the Premier League with victory over Huddersfield.

Former Norwich and Aston Villa manager Lambert was the surprise choice to replace Mark Hughes after three years away from the top flight.

He secured a win at the first time of asking thanks to second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf, which lifted the Potters out of the bottom three.

After an animated display in his technical area, Lambert was asked how he felt.

"Terrible," he said. "I'm tired. I'd forgotten what it was actually like.

"You sometimes wonder why you come back in. I was enjoying my life last weekend, but it's for this - the atmosphere was outstanding.

"From the moment I came to the club, it was about the supporters and the players and they bounced off each other. You can't hear yourself shout at times.

"If they stick together and we play that way, we might not win every game, but if we keep that level of intensity, we will be fine."

Huddersfield, without a league win since 16 December, rarely threatened.

Steve Mounie had the Terriers' best attempt, a well-struck effort from distance straight at Jack Butland late on.

Peter Crouch, a target for Chelsea, came on for the final 15 minutes for the hosts. It could be the striker's final appearance for the club if a move materialises as the Potters are not in action again until 31 January - transfer deadline day.

Stoke moved up to 17th with the victory, while Huddersfield are three points above the relegation zone.

Stoke take step in right direction

Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert was in the dugout for the first time as Stoke manager

Lambert succeeded Hughes on Monday, and immediately highlighted Stoke's leaky defence as something that needed fixing if they were to pull away from the relegation zone.

The 3-0 defeat at Manchester United just hours after Lambert's appointment meant Stoke had conceded 50 goals after 23 games. That is the third worst record at this stage of any Premier League season and made them the first club in Europe's top five divisions to reach the half-century.

Lambert was boosted by the return of centre-back and captain Ryan Shawcross - in the side for the first time since 26 December after recovering from a calf injury - and there was certainly much more steel in the Stoke backline against a Huddersfield team who failed to manage a single shot on target in the first half.

The Potters will certainly face sterner tests than a team who have scored just eight goals away from home all season, but having conceded 10 in their three league games prior to this, this was a positive step.

Timid Terriers a concern for Wagner

Favourites for relegation at the start of the season, Huddersfield have surpassed many people's expectations in their first Premier League campaign, but their recent form will be of serious concern for manager David Wagner.

The Terriers have lost their past three league games, and not won in six.

Playmaker Alex Pritchard, signed this month from Norwich, was brought in to try to add creativity to an attack that has been so often lacklustre this season.

They have scored the fewest amount of goals in the Premier League - 19 from 24 games - and while they had three shots on target here, none truly troubled Butland.

Huddersfield were promoted by playing a brand of football that relied on slick, one-touch passes to quickly turn defence into attack - but that was not evident against Stoke. Just 55% of the visitors' passes successfully found a team-mate.

The Terriers have not been in the relegation zone so far this season but that could change quickly if they are unable to rediscover the style of football that served them so well last season, and at the beginning of this campaign

Man of the match - Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri
He did not get on the scoresheet, but Xherdan Shaqiri made Stoke tick. The forward often caught out the Huddersfield defence with darting runs and also chipped in with an assist for his side's second

'Stoke have a lot of quality'

Stoke City boss Paul Lambert, speaking to Match of the Day: "There's a lot of quality. We shouldn't be in the position we're in. Mark Hughes did a fantastic job here for four years, Tony Pulis before him.

"The lads know for whatever reason they've been underperforming but big compliments to them today, they were fantastic."

Huddersfield manager David Wagner, speaking to Match of the Day: "It was difficult. For me, it was because Stoke and their supporters were really on it. They were really aggressive and limited us and I felt they deserved it. They limited our offensive game.

"It shouldn't be a surprise that Stoke is a top-quality side even if they are not in the best position in the table. We fought and tried everything but were limited offensively.

"I have to accept where we are in the table. It's only us who can change it. We have fought since the first day of the season and, even though we have now six games with only three points, we know we have to collect more points to survive."

Lambert's four-year wait - the stats

  • Diouf's goal was his 22nd in the Premier League for Stoke - making him their joint-third highest goalscorer in the competition (Jonathan Walters 43, Peter Crouch 43, Marko Arnautovic 22).
  • Lambert earned his first win as a Premier League manager in 11 games - since his Aston Villa side beat Leicester 2-1 in December 2014.
  • The Potters kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League since October (1-0 at Watford), having conceded 30 goals in their 13 previous games.
  • The Terriers are now winless in six Premier League games, losing each of the past three in a row (D3).
  • Allen has had a hand in four goals in his past five Premier League games (two goals, two assists), as many as in his previous 43 combined.

What next?

It is another home game for Stoke next as they host Watford on Wednesday, 31 January (15:00 GMT). Huddersfield, meanwhile, host Championship side Birmingham in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, 27 January (15:00 GMT). Their next Premier League game is at home to Liverpool on Tuesday, 30 January (20:00 GMT).



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 2BauerBooked at 72mins
  • 17Shawcross
  • 6Zouma
  • 3Pieters
  • 24Fletcher
  • 16AdamSubstituted forCameronat 71'minutes
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 4Allen
  • 10Choupo-MotingSubstituted forSobhiat 90+4'minutes
  • 18DioufSubstituted forCrouchat 77'minutes


  • 7Ireland
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 20Cameron
  • 25Crouch
  • 32Sobhi
  • 33Grant
  • 42Edwards


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lössl
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 3Malone
  • 6HoggBooked at 34minsSubstituted forDepoitreat 79'minutes
  • 10Mooy
  • 22InceSubstituted forQuanerat 56'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forSabiriat 60'minutes
  • 17van La Parra
  • 24Mounie


  • 2Smith
  • 5Kongolo
  • 11Sabiri
  • 13Coleman
  • 19Williams
  • 20Depoitre
  • 23Quaner
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Stoke City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Peter Crouch tries a through ball, but Ramadan Sobhi is caught offside.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

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    Offside, Stoke City. Xherdan Shaqiri tries a through ball, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is caught offside.

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    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

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    Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

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    Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

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    Attempt missed. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

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    Foul by Darren Fletcher (Stoke City).

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    Scott Malone (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Jonathan Hogg.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross following a set piece situation.

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    Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

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    Abdelhamid Sabiri (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.


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