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Shawcross: Stoke City deserve better press

Ryan Shawcross says Stoke City deserve more credit after their FA Cup win over Manchester City.

Shawcross benefited from the Potters' most infamous tactic as he decisively put his side ahead in last night's FA Cup fifth-round replay win over Manchester City by heading home a Rory Delap throw-in.

But Tony Pulis' men also scored well-worked goals through Dave Kitson and Tuncay in their stunning 3-1 extra-time success over the expensively-assembled visitors at the Britannia Stadium.

Shawcross now hopes such play is not overlooked when people come to assess the merits of the Stoke side.

The defender said: "They took their goals well and it shows the calibre of players we have got.

"Mine was a bit more direct but you have to go for them.

"I think we showed what a good football team we are. We get tagged for kicking and heading it but we have got some very talented footballers, big international players.

"I think we played some good football."

Shawcross felt his goal made up for the one he had harshly ruled out in the Barclays Premier League draw against the same opponents last week.

"It is a fantastic result," he said. "The fans got behind us and it is a big win after the disappointment of the last game against them.

"It is a fantastic win and hopefully we can go to Chelsea and get a result."

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