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'I honestly believe that we'll stay up' - Denis Smith

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Former Stoke City defender Denis Smith.
Former Stoke City defender Denis Smith.

Former Potters defender Denis Smith believes that the club won't get relegated to League One, despite being only two points above the drop zone.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, the 1972 League Cup winner said that the squad is good enough to secure their Championship status:

"I'm fairly confident we won't go down but it's going to be tight. If we finish 5th, 6th off bottom, that's where we are and then we've got to start building after, but get this season over first. People are talking about next season, we don't know where we are going to be next season. The next game is the important game.

"I honestly believe that we'll stay up. We could be comfortably a few more places up the league, but it still doesn't make it a good season the fact that we've stayed up. We shouldn't be talking about 'are they going to go down?'. I honestly believe, on what I've seen and what we've got within the club, that we will stay up."