CHARLIE ADAM is confident that Stoke City can record their first Premier League victory of the campaign against Swansea City at the weekend . . . if they can reproduce their early-season performances at the Britannia Stadium.
Adam and his team-mates have impressed during the opening weeks of the 2012-13 season, however, they haven't been rewarded with the results they have deserved, having registered just four points from their opening five games.
The Potters will draw encouragement from the fact that they have already held champions Manchester City and in-form Arsenal in their home games and they will be endeavouring to build on those draws when they face Michael Laudrup's side.
"I think the performances have certainly merited more than what we have got so far," the Scotland international told Potters Matchday Magazine.
"Wigan was a tough game away from home, then it was Manchester City and Chelsea - that isn't easy. Add on top of those, the games against Reading and Arsenal before I arrived and I think you can say that starts don't tend to come much tougher.
"We have acquitted ourselves extremely well though, but sadly we just haven't reaped the rewards we maybe deserved."
He added: "It's been a difficult run and we are disappointed with our return, but we are looking forward to the rest of the season and hopefully we can get that deserved first win on the board on Saturday.
"If we can do the things we have been doing in previous games, then this is certainly a game that we are capable of winning."
The 26-year-old says he hasn't looked back since penning a long term deal with the Club on transfer deadline day, describing his first month at the Britannia Stadium as 'most enjoyable'.
"It's been very easy to settle in here to be honest with you. There are good players here and good people here so that always makes it a lot easier to come in to somewhere new and adjust to all of the new surroundings," he commented.
"I am enjoying myself, the guys have all been great with me, and I feel at home here already. I feel like I will continue to get better with every game that comes along, and I look forward to that.
"Hopefully I can get back to playing to the levels that I know I am capable of, and get back to scoring goals and being as clinical as I was just over twelve months ago."
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