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Stoke 'not affected by poor run'

Danny Higinbotham
Higginbotham joined Stoke from Sunderland in September

Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham has said he is not concerned by the Potters' poor run of form.

Tuesday's 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur extended Stoke's winless run to 11 games in all competitions.

Higginbotham told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's obviously something that we want to put to bed as soon as possible but it's not something we think about.

"We're going through a bad patch at the moment but we've played some top teams and acquitted ourselves well."

The defeat at White Hart Lane leaves the Potters lying 19th in the Premier League table, but Higginbotham says they still have every chance of avoiding relegation.

"We're at the end of a very difficult run of games and we haven't been cut off from the pack," said the former Sunderland man.

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"We will look at what we did wrong at Tottenham and then move on and put it behind us."

The ex-Derby defender also said that City's strong team spirit will be an important factor in their battle to to beat the drop.

"Everyone is disappointed after the loss at Spurs but the team-spirit isn't in question," said Higginbotham.

"But we've got a great set of lads and we'll move on and get stronger."

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Tottenham 3-1 Stoke
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