RYAN SHOTTON believes Stoke City can build on their back-to-back wins and end their Barclays Premier League campaign in style.
The Potters have moved to within sight of Premier League safety after victories at Queens Park Rangers and at home to Norwich City.
They will look to seal their survival on Monday night when they meet Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in front of the television cameras and Shotton admits confidence in the camp is high ahead of the final three games of the campaign.
The 24 year old defender says: “We knew the pressure was on before the QPR game because we were getting dragged into it. It was time for us to roll up our sleeves, as we always do, and fight on and fortunately we’ve got six out of six.
“We’re feeling a lot more positive and really looking forward to going to Sunderland on Monday.
“We had been playing well and creating chances, but the clean sheets wouldn’t come and the chances wouldn’t come for us in the right areas.”
He added: “But we’ve put it all together and can really push on now. We’re sitting in twelfth in the table and hopefully we can push on into the top half of the table in the remainder of the season, which would be brilliant.
“We just want to kick on and finish as high as we can. We’ve always aimed for tenth or above and we’ll keep fighting for that, but at the moment we’re not mathematically safe, so we must make sure of that first and foremost.”
Sunderland will go into the game still smarting after their 6-1 demolition at the hands of Aston Villa on Monday evening and Shotton is only too aware the Potters could face a backlash when they make the trip to the North East.
“The manager will know what to expect at Sunderland and as players we’ll be fully aware of what we’ve got to do,” the versatile performer said. “We’ve got exploit their weaknesses and aim to keep another clean sheet.”