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Stoke boss Pulis hails Shawcross leadership

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has hailed the leadership of skipper Ryan Shawcross in recent weeks.

He is delighted Shawcross, 25, has answered his call to get vocal.

Pulis said: "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."

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