Battle For Points

Kurt Zouma

KURT ZOUMA says he and his Stoke City teammates will give their all in order to secure an all-important win against Everton in four days’ time.

The Potters remain within a point of moving out of the bottom three following last weekend’s results and are preparing for a bumper crowd at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Stoke suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Monday night in a game where Pep Guardiola’s side were simply too hot to handle as they edged closer to the Premier League crown.

Despite the loss, Paul Lambert’s side were otherwise well drilled defensively and Zouma is confident that City will begin to reap the rewards of their recent performances by obtaining pivotal victories in the final weeks of the season.

“We are still only one point away from moving out of the relegation zone and we know we have some very big games still to come,” the French defender said.

“We haven’t won too many games of late but we are playing a lot better than before, are tighter at the back and conceding a lot less goals."

“That should give us confidence and we need to use it as a platform to secure the wins we require starting with Everton at home this weekend.

“Any defeat is disappointing and yesterday is no different. We tried to press at the start of the game but their first goal really killed us - it’s not easy playing against Manchester City.

“Our aim was to remain compact, defend well and press but once they scored they had more confidence and kept the ball well.

“We had two good chances, but we didn’t manage to take them on the night and that’s football. We have another game on Saturday and will give everything to win. It’s as simple as that.”

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