Lambert positive despite Hammer blow

17 April 2018 03:19:14 EST

Paul Lambert is adamant that his Stoke City side can survive in the Premier League despite conceding a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

The Potters looked set to secure a massive win in their battle to avoid dropping into the Championship after substitute Peter Crouch scored with just 11 minutes remaining at the London Stadium on Monday night.

However, Andy Carroll denied them the win with a 90th minute volley to rescue a valuable point for David Moyes' Hammers.

West Ham appear virtually safe as they sit seven points clear of the relegation places, but Stoke are now winless in 10 league games and are five points adrift of Swansea in the final position of safety with just four games remaining.

I have great belief. We've had some really good games and we've just been really unfortunate with Lady Luck.

Paul Lambert

Despite their hopes of survival diminishing, Lambert is still confident that his players can pick up enough points to stay up.

"I'm really proud of the team and if we keep doing what we're doing then we will certainly be in the mix," Lambert told Sky Sports.

"I have great belief. We've had some really good games and we've just been really unfortunate with Lady Luck.

"With effort, commitment and the way we are playing then we will see what happens.

"I've never really had a problem with lifting the lads. They have been an absolute credit to the club in the way they've worked and the way they are doing everything to stay in the league.

"If they'd done that at the start of the season there'd be no way they'd be in this position, absolutely no way.

"I came in at a late time [January], but I absolutely love it and we are well in the fight."

Stoke, who are 1/1000 not to be relegated this season, host in-form Burnley on Sunday and are 6/5 to win the game, while the Clarets are 5/2 to secure the points and the draw is 5/2.

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