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Shawcross wants strong Stoke start

15 Jun 2017
Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, right, and Everton's Romelu Lukaku

Captain looking forward to opener at Everton and making amends for disappointing early results in 2016/17

Ryan Shawcross is determined for Stoke City to get off to a flying start to the new season at Everton on the opening weekend.

Shawcross admits the Potters were playing catch-up in 2016/17 after mustering three points from their first seven Premier League matches and the defender is determined to make amends in the forthcoming campaign.

"We struggled during the opening few weeks of the season last time, especially in the matches against the bigger sides, but we have a real opportunity to put that right this season," he told

Stoke also host Arsenal and Manchester United in their first four fixtures but Shawcross is embracing the challenge.

See: Shawcross confident ahead of Everton trip

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