The Potters currently sit just inside the relegation zone in the Premier League, having only won once in their last seven Premier League outings, and Saturday’s game at the bet365 Stadium has a lot riding on it.
Stoke desperately need to try and address their poor form, which hasn’t really improved since the appointment of Paul Lambert.
Shawcross has called on his team-mates to ensure they get the job done against Brighton in the hope that they can end the weekend outside of the relegation zone.
“We’re massively disappointed; we want to get out of the situation we’re in so we’ll have to fight to get as many points as possible and Brighton is now a huge game for us,” Shawcross told the club’s official website.
“It’s pivotal we have that battling spirit from now until the end of the season, we need teams to be scared coming to our place.
“We’re all fighters; we’re desperate to get out of the situation we’re in and from now until the end of the season we need that us-against-them mentality, sticking together and getting those points we need.
“It will be a tough game, they got a good win at the weekend, but if we get the points then it lifts everyone and hopefully us out of the relegation zone.”
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