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In the latest Stoke City news, manager Paul Lambert feels there will be plenty of twists and turns in the battle to avoid the drop following their 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday.

The Potters looked like they were going to pick up three valuable points when Badou Ndiaye found the back of the net after just 11 minutes.

However a 62nd-minute effort from Ashley Barnes ensured the spoils were shared at the bet365 Stadium, which leaves Stoke four points away from safety.

Mame Biram Diouf missed a great opportunity which could come back to haunt the Potters in their bid to avoid the drop.

However Lambert is remaining upbeat and feels there will be plenty of twists in the tale of the relegation battle this term.

He told BBC Sport: “Mixed feelings after that. We stated great and got a good goal.

“If we score the second with Mame Biram Diouf’s chance it’s hard for Burnley to come back. But it was never enough. We had some big moments.

“One thing you ask is to give it everything you’ve got. Since I’ve been here they have – there’s been misfortune. You never know, we have to go to Anfield and get a point. There’s still a lot of twists and turns here.

“We’ve been under pressure for the last 15 games and from pre-season. Normally a point is a good point but in our situation we need wins.”

Stoke next go to Anfield to face Liverpool and the Potters are 10/1 with Betfair to claim the three points on Merseyside and boost their hopes of avoiding the drop this season.