The Stoke Academy graduate's performance will have done him no harm, even if he makes way for Jermaine Pennant at home to in-form Tottenham.
Shotton told The Sentinel: "I am knocking on the door, and when I get the chance, hopefully I can take it.
"My job was stopping Baines getting forward and stopping him getting his crosses in; that is a big threat of theirs.
"When they announced seven minutes of injury time I was a bit worried, but we defended like warriors.
"It was great to see everyone digging in and being there for everybody else."