MX23RW : Thursday, November 22 11:20:40
Jan 20, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​bet365 Stadium
Attendance: 29,785
StokeStoke City
2-0
HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town
Allen (53'), Biram Diouf (69')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Paul Lambert starts Stoke City reign with victory

Result: Lambert starts Stoke reign with victory
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Paul Lambert starts his reign as Stoke City manager with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in Saturday's fixture at the bet365 Stadium.

Stoke City have moved outside of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in Paul Lambert's first game in charge.

Second-half goals from Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf got the job for the Potters, who now sit two points above Southampton in 17th place in the standings.

Huddersfield are in 14th position - three points clear of the dropzone - but head coach David Wagner will be concerned with the Terriers having gone six games without a win in the top flight.

Stoke's first opportunity of the match fell to Ryan Shawcross, but the centre-back headed well over from a corner, while Charlie Adam also sent a long-range strike off target.

Chances were few and far between as the first half progressed past the half-hour mark, but Stoke should have taken the lead just before the break.

Xherdan Shaqiri was played in behind the Huddersfield defence but despite only having Jonas Lossl to beat, the Swiss winger wanted too much time to get a shot away and the goalkeeper eventually blocked his effort.

Shortly after the restart, Shaqiri had the ball in the net but his acrobatic strike was ruled out for offside, although it did not take the home side much longer to establish a deserved lead.

After being released down the left flank, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was able to pick out the run of Allen who was able to convert from inside the penalty area for just his second league goal of the season.

The home side were first to the majority of balls and they came close to doubling their advantage midway through the second half, only for Lossl to be equal to Shaqiri's strike after he had cut inside from the right.

Shortly afterwards, it was effectively game over as Biram Diouf found the net via the inside of the post after being teed up by neat work from Shaqiri and Choupo-Moting, who had initially regained possession.

Huddersfield had their own opportunities during the final quarter of the game, with Rajiv van La Parra seeing a half-volley kept out by Jack Butland and Colin Quaner glancing a header wide after meeting a set piece.

However, it was all too little too late from the Yorkshire side, who must now start to contemplate a relegation battle ahead of fixtures with Liverpool and Manchester United.

STOKE CITY (4-3-3): Butland; Bauer, Pieters, Zouma, Shawcross; Allen, Fletcher, Adam (Cameron 71'); Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting (Ramadan 94'), Diouf (Crouch 77')

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-2-3-1): Lossl; Malone, Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Zanka; Hogg (Depoitre 79'), Mooy; Van La Parra, Ince (Quaner 56'), Pritchard (Sabiri 60'); Mounie

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