A Huge Opportunity - Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross

RYAN SHAWCROSS believes the Potters have to build upon the recent home victory over Derby County when they return to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Sam Clucas and Tom Ince helped City overcome their fellow promotion hopefuls despite playing for over an hour of the encounter with just 10 men.

Maximum spoils over struggling Ipswich Town this Saturday could represent only the second time the side would have chalked up successive triumphs on home soil, something the Potters skipper says the players have to address if they are to push into the top six.

Speaking inside the latest edition of #pottersmag, he said: “You really need to have a good record at home to give you the foundation to go on and be successful - it’s vitally important!

“For whatever reason we haven’t really got going on home soil, so we have to use the Derby game as a platform to build upon. 

“Away points are always good, but you build your season around your home form, especially when you have aspirations of winning promotion."

“We have some big home games coming up and a lot of opportunities for us to get those victories under our belts, so we have to make sure we take them and get ourselves up to where we feel we should be.”

Shawcross also lavished praise upon the supporters for the way they helped Gary Rowett’s men over the line in that enthralling triumph over the Rams last time out at the bet365 Stadium, and asked them to pump up the volume once more this weekend.

“We had the fans right behind us during the Derby game, and in many ways it was a bit of a throwback to those first few seasons in the Premier League,” he said.

“It was a tough game, the fans were incredibly loud and vocal and we were performing to a really good level. 

“We have to replicate that now and make sure that we stick together just as we did on that night, because it made such a difference to us.”

Shawcross added: “We know that they will get right behind us providing we are showing them the right things at the same time.”

To read the full interview with the 31-year-old make sure you pick up a copy of the Club's award-winning matchday programme prior to kick-off on Saturday.

Priced at just £3.50, the 84-page perfect-bound publication includes the thoughts of manager Gary Rowett, interviews with Tom Ince and Erik Pieters whilst we also speak to Kit Manager Gary Worthington about his role behind-the-scenes and gauge the thoughts of Ipswich Town supporter, and talkSPORT broadcaster Georgie Bingham.