Tony Pulis: 'Ryan Shawcross must continue to lead'

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross is congratulated after his goal against Wigan on January 29, 2013
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Stoke City boss Tony Pulis calls on captain Ryan Shawcross to continue being vocal in the dressing room at the Potters.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has called on captain Ryan Shawcross to continue being vocal in the dressing room as he looks to steer his side to Premier League safety.

The Potters ended a run of three straight defeats as they beat Queens Park Rangers on Saturday to earn the vital three points in their quest to avoid relegation.

Pulis told reporters: "Ryan's grown up this year in an awful lot of respects, which is great to see.

"I had a chat with him the other day because Robert is not a great talker, so it's got to come from Ryan.

"I think he's waiting on Rob sometimes but he's got to take the lead and that's why he's captain."

Stoke are 15th in the Premier League, six points clear of the drop zone.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis on the touchline against Everton on December 15, 2012
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