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Stoke News: Shawcross fears for sleepwalking Potters

1 year ago

In the latest Stoke news, Ryan Shawcross believes they are lacking quality in the final third and are sleepwalking towards relegation.

The Potters are in serious danger of dropping out of the Premier League for the first time since winning automatic promotion to the top-flight in 2007-08.

Stoke, who are priced at 1/16 to be relegated with Paddy Power, established themselves as a Premier League outfit under the tutelage of Tony Pulis but have been on a steady decline since he left in 2013.

Mark Hughes was appointed as his successor but was given the boot earlier this season after failing to drag the club away from the drop zone.

With just three games left to play Stoke sit 19th, four points from safety and current boss Paul Lambert has been tasked with trying to improve their fortunes.

The Scot joined in January with Stoke already in the bottom three but he has only overseen one win from 12 games in charge.

Sunday’s home clash with Burnley looked like the perfect opportunity to pick up a much-needed three points having gone 1-0 ahead, but they were pegged back late on and had to settle for a point.

Shawcross, who helped Stoke to win promotion, feels a lack of quality has cost them this season, although he insists they are not lacking in endeavour.

“You can’t nail our bad season to one chance,” Shawcross told Sky Sports News. “We’ve been sleepwalking into this, we’ve been disappointing all season so there’s a lot of factors that go into the situation we’re in and something needs to change and change quickly.

“We knew what we needed to do and unfortunately we didn’t. The effort was there, the endeavour was there but the quality was probably lacking. We’ve just not got that person who can put the ball in the back of the net, and unfortunately we keep conceding late goals.”