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​Shawcross: Costa not as tough as Championship strikers

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross claims he has faced much tougher strikers than Chelsea's Diego Costa in Championship.

The Stoke defender came face to face with the infamous Costa on Saturday and managed to keep him quiet in the 1-0 victory at Britannia Stadium.

"I played in the Championship and there's a lot nastier people in the Championship and tougher people," Shawcross told a fan forum on Wednesday.

"Once you've got Costa concentrating on you rather than the game you've won the battle.

"I was pleased he was concentrating on me and just delighted to keep him quiet because he's a fantastic player."

Vyom Chaudhary
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