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Stoke change Shawcross role

Mark Bowen has revealed Stoke have changed their tactics for defending set-pieces over concerns that Ryan Shawcross is being singled out by referees.

The Potters' skipper gave away a penalty in the 2-1 win over Swansea earlier this month for grappling with Wilfried Bony and is now being deployed as a zonal defender.

The difficult thing for Ryan, in Saturday's game we tried to pull him out of the spotlight.

Instead of him actually marking from a corner, we put him in an area where he could just go and attack the ball, which is not his game, he's not been brought up on that.

It comes to something when you've got to try to change your system of marking around because you're worried that the lad is getting targeted.

– Mark Bowen

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Coates labels Hartson "a disgrace" over Moses comments

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Coates (right) was angered by Hartson's comments. Credit: PA

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has labelled BBC pundit John Hartson "a disgrace" for comment he made about Victor Moses after the forward won a contentious penalty for the Potters against Swansea.

Hartson said: "That for me is a terrible dive and a total lack of professionalism from Moses. I think Garry Monk has a right to be angry. He (Moses) has cheated.

"It's one thing the FA coming out and charging Garry Monk - what about charging Victor Moses for diving?

"I would (charge Moses) because you can't dive. That is a blatant dive."

Coates responded on Monday by describing Hartson as a "disgrace."

I've never heard a more one-sided view from a pundit and we are right to complain about it.

Hartson was a disgrace. He's a big fan of Swansea and their manager... and it showed.

Whether Garry Monk likes it or not, it was given. It probably was soft, but we've had our fair share of things go against us in the past.

– Stoek chairman Peter Coates
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What is all the fuss about if a player takes a dive anywhere on the pitch and wins a penalty or free kick then that is cheating!! Correct?

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I have nothing against Stoke, certainly Nothing against Mark Hughes or Victor Moses I am simply making a comment on an incompetent decision.

Butland set for Derby loan

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Butland is off to Derby. Credit: PA

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to join Derby on loan, Press Association Sport understands.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for the England Under-21 international following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant at the weekend.

The deal is expected to be finalised later on Monday, with Butland set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

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