Gary Rowett: “We will have to be the best Stoke City we can be”

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Gary Rowett’s side to travel to Carrow Road on Saturday, hoping to secure successive league wins for first time this season.

The former Derby County boss knows his team will have to be at their very best, with the Canaries enjoying an 8-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship

“We will go there and we will have to be the best Stoke City we can be.

“We will have to defend and play in a way we did in the first half on Tuesday, but for the whole 90 minutes in order to get a result.

“We saw them at Derby the other day. They are an energetic team, got some good youth in there, they move well together as a team.

“They are always very organised, it is that sort of German mentality in the way they move and the way they press.

“They limit space and we certainly know that we could be talking about any game in the Championship, but we know we have to go there and be very good defensively,” he added.

“We also have to be good enough to break them down but I have seen teams create chances for them and we can see what they can offer.

“It is just the small moments, it will be a tough game, we know that.

“I don’t think the recent run of form makes a lot of difference in my opinion. In some ways, the more games you win the more you say, can that run continue.

“As our previous history shows, Stoke City hasn’t had enough away results over a long period of time.

“It is certainly something we are keen to find a solution for.”

Stoke have struggled defensively this season, but the Potters managed to keep a clean sheet in their comfortable 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

And Rowett is keen to keep a consistent back four and praised his defensive line.

“On Tuesday, we moved well together and did not allow lots of space to open up play and that is what a good back four does. A good back four moves together, the right back never stays too far away from the right centre back, vice versa.”

Stoke nearly have a clean bill of full health for the trip at the weekend, with Thibaud Verlinden being the only player on the sidelines.

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