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Defender determined to get back in Tony Pulis' side...

Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham is determined to win his place back in manager Tony Pulis' side.

The former Sunderland and Southampton defender started the opening Premier League game against Wolves but has only made one Carling Cup appearance since then, losing his place at left-back to Danny Collins.

Since then the 31 year-old has cut a frustrated figure at the Britannia Stadium, however he isn't looking to move on for a new challenge.

Instead he is determined to knuckle down and force his way back into his manager's plans.

"It has been very frustrating," he told The Sentinel.

"The first game of the season at Wolves wasn't a great result and after that I have only played in our Carling Cup game.

"But that is part and parcel of football. If you aren't determined to win your shirt back, there is no point being at the club.

"I have been in this situation before and I am sure I will be again.

"This club has come a long way and wants to keep progressing. Long may that continue.

"It is a case of me being patient and waiting for the opportunity."

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