Paul Lambert insists the attitude in the Stoke squad is good and that his players are up for the fight to stay in the Premier League.
The Potters go into the weekend second-from-bottom, with just six wins from their 27 league fixtures and facing the prospect of leaving the top flight for the first time in ten years.
After a week off due to having no FA Cup fixture, Stoke have had a chance to work on things on the training ground and Lambert has been impressed with what he’s seen.
The Stoke boss, who has recorded one win, two draws and one defeat in his four games in charge, remains upbeat about his side’s chances of avoiding the drop.
Lambert told the Sentinel: “I’m absolutely delighted with the effort that they’re giving us, I really am. They’re giving us everything that’s been in their bodies.”
The former Norwich and Aston Villa boss added: “They’ve given me everything they’ve got and with a little bit of luck, we’d have had a few more points. I know we are good enough to climb up the table.”
The Potters face a Midlands derby this weekend, when they make the short trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.
Although they are into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Claude Puel’s men have won just one of their last five Premier League games and sit in eighth.
Stoke’s need for the points is certainly greater but they will need to end a poor recent run against the Foxes, having won just one of their last seven meetings.
The two sides drew 2-2 at the bet365 Stadium back in November, with Leicester twice holding the lead. The hosts, meanwhile, won this corresponding fixture 2-0 last term thanks to goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy.