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Stoke City manager Paul Lambert believes that goalkeeper Jack Butland is ready to assume the role as England’s first choice ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Speaking at his news conference before Monday’s meeting with Manchester City, the Scot gave his stopper the vote of confidence.

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Stoke City manager Paul Lambert believes that the pressure is off his side this weekend, as few people expect them to beat Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Potters head into Monday evening’s game with only one defeat in six, against a team that Lambert has described as ‘one of the top sides in Europe’.

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After snowfall last weekend meant that not a single non-league club in Staffordshire saw their match go ahead, an upturn in the forecast should bring better conditions this weekend.

Nantwich Town’s play-off hopes are all but over after a 2-0 defeat at home to Matlock this past Tuesday left them 11 points outside of the top 5. The Dabbers have also played a game more than 5th placed Ashton United. They travel to Buxton tomorrow, and face a gruelling schedule of seven matches in the months of both March and April.

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Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke is expecting another tough clash away at Whitby tomorrow, as his side look to make it seven wins from their last eight games in all competitions.

The Dabbers currently sit 13th in the Evo-Stik Premier League and still maintain an outside chance of a promotion, with news this week that Shaw Lane’s stadium may not make the criteria for a promotion, meaning the team finishing 6th could earn a play-off place.

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Port Vale midfielder Ben Whitfield is ready to give it his all for the team as they travel to Cheltenham tomorrow, in another important game in their fight for survival.

Whitfield was dropped from the starting 11 against Colchester two weeks ago and was subbed at half time in their 0-0 draw with Morecambe last weekend, but he said he’s ready to fight for the team if called upon.

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