Shawcross rejects criticism
Potters star believes side have evolved
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me on Twitter @skysportspeteo. Last Updated: March 23, 2011 10:55am
Shawcross: Rejecting criticism
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross believes it is unfair for the side to be criticised for their set-piece expertise.
All six of Stoke's Premier League goals since 4th January had come from set-pieces until they scored three from open play in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle.
Shawcross is unhappy with the criticism Stoke's style of play receives and insists they should make no apologies for playing to their strengths.
"We play some good stuff, but we do capitalise on set-pieces," Shawcross told The Sentinel. "We have quite a few players over six foot, so why shouldn't we use set-pieces like we do?
"I don't think we should be criticised for that. So long as you win and get three points, then it doesn't matter how the goals go in.
"Most teams come here prepared for the battle - and usually they go home disappointed because we perform."
EvolvedShawcross also claims Stoke have far more to their game than set-pieces and are not getting the credit they deserve.
"We have evolved," added Shawcross. "We have got wingers in and better players, so we are going to try to play more attractive football.
"But we are still going to stick to our principles. That is to try to get the ball forward and play in their half.
"The press do have a thought of how we play and obviously they don't like it. But I am sure the Stoke fans would agree that so long as we are doing well, it doesn't matter."