Stoke City need dramatic improvement - Rory Delap

Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap
Delap's only goal of the season came in a win against Fulham in October

Rory Delap says Stoke City need to improve vastly to end their run of three Premier League defeats.

The midfielder said the squad had been involved in some honest conversations following the 5-0 hammering at Bolton.

"It's been a pretty quiet place but we've spoken about what needs to be done," Delap told BBC Radio Stoke.

"We've looked at the videos and it's not like we don't know what's going wrong. For the way we play, we need to be on it for the full 90 minutes."

The Potters, currently 12th in the Premier League table and three points above the relegation zone, host Championship winners QPR on Saturday.

Stoke has been a quiet place - Delap

"We know that QPR are going to be no pushovers but we've got to be confident that we can go out and get the three points.

"To do that, we've got to be 100 times better than we were against Bolton."

Delap, who has started Stoke's last eight Premier League matches, is anticipating a tough midfield battle with QPR captain Joey Barton on Saturday.

"He's a very, very good player," said Delap. "He's the first to admit that he's surprised he's not at one of the top four clubs.

"He's definitely got the talent to be at a club like Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United."

BBC Radio Stoke will have full match commentary of Stoke City v QPR from 1500 GMT on Saturday, 19 November.

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