RYAN SHOTTON has urged Stoke City supporters to raise the roof at the Britannia Stadium this weekend . . . and help the side get their stuttering campaign back on track against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.
The Potters host the Baggies in the Barclays Premier League at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, desperately seeking to address a disappointing run of form, which has culminated in just a single League victory in ten outings.
While history is undoubtedly on the side of Tony Pulis' team going into the game, having lost just two of the last 20 home games against West Brom, Shotton says he and his team-mates won't be taking any notice of that statistic.
"My message to the fans is enjoy the game and get behind the lads, but please don't just assume that we will go out there and get the victory," he said.
"We will do our best, and yes, we do have a good record against them, but sometimes that is just the way it falls.
"It's a local derby for us and we will be up for the game and looking forward to it, and the atmosphere will be buzzing."
The Fenton-born defender, who scored City's winner at the Hawthorns in last season's visit to the West Midlands, added: "We need the supporters right behind us, as much as ever, because it is a big game. If they can raise the roof like they have so many times before, then they will help us get the result we want."
Shotton was speaking inside the forthcoming edition of Potters Matchday Magazine, which will be on sale prior to kick-off on Saturday, priced at just £3.50.
The 100-page perfect-bound publication is packed full of interviews and features with all of your favourite City stars, including skipper Ryan Shawcross (Socially Speaking) and American international Brek Shea (Getting To Know).
Tony Pulis delivers his pre-match thoughts in his exclusive column, whilst Chief Executive Tony Scholes, Nigel 'The Voice' Johnson, and fans-favourite Mickey Thomas bring you their latest instalments too.
All of the details on the Early Bird Season Tickets, which remain on sale until next Wednesday, can also be found inside the magazine, as can information on the Community's hotly-anticipated Easter Soccer Schools.
Make sure you pick up a copy ahead of the BIG game from one of the many distributors situated around the stadium.