Sport We believe until the end - Shaqiri targets three wins for struggling Stoke City

13:31  17 april  2018
13:31  17 april  2018 Source:   goal.com

West Ham 1 Stoke City 1: Substitute Carroll leaves Potters in peril

  West Ham 1 Stoke City 1: Substitute Carroll leaves Potters in peril Peter Crouch came off the bench to seemingly net the winner for Stoke, but fellow substitute Andy Carroll struck a vital leveller.Andy Carroll's 90th-minute equaliser edged Stoke City closer to Premier League relegation, cancelling out Peter Crouch's strike and earning West Ham a 1-1 home draw on Monday.

Xherdan Shaqiri_cropped: Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri © Provided by Goal Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri insists Stoke City still believe they can avoid relegation despite being precariously placed in the Premier League relegation zone.

Paul Lambert's side were on course to pick up three crucial points on Monday at West Ham, only to concede a 90th-minute equaliser at London Stadium.

Andy Carroll's late strike left Stoke 19th in the table, still five points adrift of safety with just four games remaining in their battle to beat the drop.

They host Burnley and Crystal Palace at home while also travelling to Liverpool and relegation rivals Swansea during the run-in, with Switzerland international Shaqiri believing nine points may yet be enough to retain their top-flight status.

Lambert still believes in Stoke survival chances despite Hammer blow

  Lambert still believes in Stoke survival chances despite Hammer blow Although Andy Carroll's volley was a devastating blow for Stoke's survival hopes, Paul Lambert still thinks the Potters can stay up.Paul Lambert is not giving up hope on Stoke City's chances of staying in the Premier League despite Andy Carroll's late volley snatching West Ham a 1-1 draw.

"We have four games to go and the belief is there," he told Sky Sports after the 1-1 draw with West Ham.

"We have to win three games – it's as simple as that. We have two home games and two away. If we win the two at home and then one away, maybe we are still in [the Premier League]

"We believe until the end. We are still here."

However, Stoke - who have never finished lower than 14th place in their previous nine seasons in the Premier League - have only won once in 2018.

Shaqiri pointed to the West Ham result as a fitting summary of the season as a whole, with the club now facing the serious prospect of dropping into the Championship.

"This is really my first time [in a relegation battle], but we have big players and they have to be good in these games. We have to do better," he added.

"All season it's been like this. In the last minute or something, they [the opposition] change the game. The Premier League is so tough and every team is going to take a little chance.

"I hope the last four games we can stay together and win a minimum of three games."

Struggling Stoke have to win at Liverpool, concedes Butland .
Stoke City's failure to beat West Ham or Burnley now means they must win at high-flying Liverpool, says goalkeeper Jack Butland.Jack Butland says Stoke City have to win at Liverpool next weekend after dropping four points in the space of a week against West Ham and Burnley.

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