Date: 26th April 2017 at 8:21am
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Skipper Ryan Shawcross was in front of the media this week discussing the upcoming game against West Ham United at the weekend.

With Stoke sitting in eleventh place in the Premier League table, but only having one win in the last seven matches, our skipper told the Official Website as he met with the press that he felt three points on home soil this Saturday could be key in securing a top ten finish for the year.

The 29-year old explained.

‘It`s vital because not only do we have to put our last result right, we are playing a team that is around us in the table. We were disappointed to lose at Swansea because we saw it as a chance to catapult us up the league and hopefully cement a top 10 finish; we have four games to go so hopefully we can do it.’

He added.

‘If we can take three points off West Ham and push ourselves up the table then we put ourselves in good stead in the remaining games of the season. A win could be massive at the end of the campaign and it could prove to be three points that sees us end in the top 10 which is what we`re all desperate for.’

With Shawcross at the Centre as part of his Community duties, he said of the charity which provides the homeless a place to bed down, shower and gives them access to kitchen facilities.

‘It`s a sobering experience and you really realise how fortunate you are to go home a nice warm house with food and family. There are a lot of things you take for granted and the people I`ve met have sadly fallen on hard times but luckily the Macari Centre has been set up to help them out. The Club are always working hard at helping the local community and this donation will help the people and the centre massively. It`s a great charity that is really helping people return on the right track and get their lives back to where they should be.’

With the Community Trust’s ‘Big Sleep Out’ fundraiser, the centre half also handed out a cheque for £8900 to help with maintenance and further improvements.

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