Shawcross: Seagulls Clash Huge

Ryan Shawcross

RYAN SHAWCROSS has declared Saturday’s Premier League encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion as the Club’s biggest game of the season so far.

The Potters will be aiming to record an important victory against the south coast outfit at the bet365 Stadium after slipping into the bottom three following defeat at AFC Bournemouth two days ago.

A win would see Paul Lambert’s side go level on points with the Seagulls as well as potentially climbing them out of the relegation zone should results elsewhere go their way.

Shawcross says City must move on quickly from their loss at the Vitality Stadium and has called for unity amongst the squad as they look to secure all three points this weekend.

“We’re gutted because we put in a decent performance for 70 minutes and dipped off at Bournemouth, that’s something we’ll have to take a serious look at this week,” the skipper told Stoke City+.

“We’re massively disappointed; we want to get out of the situation we’re in so we’ll have to fight to get as many points as possible and Brighton is now a huge game for us.

“It’s pivotal we have that battling spirit from now until the end of the season, we need teams to be scared coming to our place."

“It’s up to us to really press teams into making mistakes and getting as high up the pitch as possible, if we do that and get that atmosphere going then I’m sure we can win.

“We’re all fighters; we’re desperate to get out of the situation we’re in and from now until the end of the season we need that us-against-them mentality, sticking together and getting those points we need.

“It will be a tough game, they got a good win at the weekend, but if we get the points then it lifts everyone and hopefully us out of the relegation zone.”

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