Captain speaks following West Ham United defeat...
RYAN SHAWCROSS says he and his Stoke City teammates must roll up their sleeves to pull clear of trouble in the Premier League.
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham United was the third loss in a week and leaves City one place above the bottom three ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures.
With the Potters struggling for results of late the captain says the side must work harder to pick up the points that will see them quickly move into a much healthier position.
“We need to work hard and man up,” the 30-year-old told Stoke City+. “We are professional footballers and need to win games.
“We are obviously going through a tough period at the moment but we know it can soon change with victories.
He added: “We are all gutted today because it’s a disappointing result and one we didn’t see coming after a positive week leading into the game. We had done OK at Burnley on Tuesday night but today wasn’t good enough.
“Up until their goal we were right in the game and had some chances, including two I should have scored, but we couldn’t score them and then the game went away from us.”
The Hammers took the lead through what appeared to be a contentious penalty decision after Manuel Lanzini was adjudged to have been felled inside the box by Erik Pieters seconds after Shawcross had headed against a United post at the other end.
Shawcross acknowledge the frustration of conceding from a penalty, however pointed out the team must defend much better from their own set pieces in the future to prevent such situations arising again.
“It’s one of them things, I hit the post and then they go down the other end and score a penalty,” he added.
“We are disappointed with that and to concede in that manner. Whether it was a penalty or not, we should have done better defensively.”
The Potteries faithful created a furious atmosphere on Saturday to support the men in red and white, and ahead of next weekend’s visit of West Bromwich Albion, the captain has urged them to do exactly the same against Alan Pardew’s side.
“It’s been a difficult period for us but I’ve been here long enough to know when they will get behind us because they are a brilliant set of supporters,” Shawcross added.
“To be fair they did in the first half today and even more of the second too and you could see the difference in the lads, they were well up for it, but unfortunately we were unable to get the result we wanted.
“We need to get the crowd behind us again on Saturday. There’s obviously a bit of tension and we need to change that by working hard, grinding out a win and hopefully pushing on from that.”