Date: 13th February 2018 at 9:11am
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On loan Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has said the players are willing to roll up their sleeves and scrap for points in the remaining Premier League matches of the 2017/18 campaign.

Having fought back at the weekend at the Bet365 Stadium against Brighton, Stoke could’ve taken the victory late on given Charlie Adams’ penalty being saved and Lewis Dunk getting back quickly to block his follow up effort – that may have in fact been a second penalty itself. There were also two goal line clearances late on.

Speaking to the Official Website with the players back in training, undergoing recovery and looking ahead to the next clash, Zouma took time out to meet with club press and he explained.

‘We are here to fight, and we are all up for it. Going into the game we were determined to win. We knew it was important to get the three points but unfortunately we didn`t quite manage to convert the chances we created. We fought our way back into the game and did well to score through Shaqiri. We then also missed a penalty and had another chance through Diouf which just didn`t go our way, but we kept on fighting.’

Having drawn ourselves level in the tie, the goalmouth action showed we were looking for the winner and all three points and Zouma knew with a little bit more luck we’d have got it and been celebrating a win. Unfortunately the winner never came and we now need to move onto the next game. If we keep this same spirit, a win will definitely come along for us.’

With eleven games remaining in the run in now, the Frenchman went on to say it was important we focused on each game as it came and didn’t get distracted by looking to far ahead.

‘You have to take it game by game, we cannot just look ahead. We know every game is going to be difficult. At the moment, the Premier League is so tight. If you pick up a win you can move towards the top half of the table. Everyone is working hard, but we now need to show that we`re more determined than any side we face.’

With a break now owing to our exit from the FA Cup, we have a fortnight off before facing Leicester City and he promised the side would be working hard as nobody was under any illusions as to how hard that tie will be.

‘Leicester City will be a tough game. We just have to make it tough for them to beat us. The spirit in the side is now there and perhaps it wasn`t there before.’

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