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Skipper's Delight

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RYAN SHAWCROSS says he's delighted the team extended their unbeaten home record to six games with yesterday's 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

Shawcross saw fellow defender Erik Pieters score his first goal for the Club as City closed the gap on the ninth-placed Magpies.

The result moved the Potters to within three points of the visitors and Shawcross was pleased to see Stoke return to winning ways following last weekend's defeat at Chelsea.

"It was was a performance that wasn't great at times but at this stage of the season it's all about getting the three points and we're delighted about that," he told Stoke City Player.

"We felt hard done by in the game up at St. James' earlier in the season after going down to nine men but we bounced back today and the win was massive.

"Newcastle had a threat and they were good at times but I think we also had some massive chances where we could have taken the game away from them but 1-0 was enough in the end."

The England international made his 200th Premier League appearances for the Potters in the game but insisted the win was more important than any personal achievement.

"It's a just a number really," he said modestly.

"It was just another game and one that we needed to win and that was my only focus.

"It's something that I'll look back on maybe at the end of my career.

"I have always wanted to play at Premier League level and I've been lucky enough to play 200 times now so I am happy with that."

The Potters travel to Cardiff City next weekend and the captain, who has also featured in every minute of every game under Mark Hughes this season, says that it provides them with the opportunity to edge even closer to a best ever Premier League finish.

"It's a must-win now," Ryan said.

"We've shown that we can win at home and we need to continue to do well away from home.

"We're desperate for the points and hopefully we can get them next week."

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