CHARLIE ADAM says that he and his Stoke City teammates will head into the Christmas double header against Newcastle and Tottenham in fine spirits following Saturday's deserved 2-1 triumph against Aston Villa.
The Scotland international stepped off the bench to ignite a much-improved second half showing from Mark Hughes' side, to help prolong a superb run of form that has seen the side lose just one of the last eight top-flight matches.
Adam netted his fourth goal of the season just six minutes after his introduction, before Peter Crouch wrapped up the victory shortly after Libor Kozak had levelled matters from close range for the visitors.
Speaking to Stoke City Player following the game, Adam acknowledged that the forthcoming matches in the North East and in London will be difficult, but see's absolutely no reason as to why six points can't be achieved.
"We have two very difficult games coming up now over Christmas against Newcastle and Tottenham, but we see no reason why we can't come out of those matches with maximum points," he said.
"Tottenham are a very good side and Newcastle are flying high, but we aren't doing too bad ourselves so we will go into both games in a positive frame of mind, looking to keep the momentum going that we have built up.
"This time of year is always difficult with the amount of matches and being away from home, but this is what we are in this profession for - we all want to be playing football matches. We wouldn't have it any other way."
He added: "Beating Villa was massive for us, because we needed a response following the midweek defeat against Manchester United. We got the result that we wanted, we put in a good showing in the second half and we are in a nice position in the league."
Assessing the season so far, the former Liverpool man says the players are content with the way that they are progressing under Hughes, but is targeting an even more fruitful second half of the campaign than the first.
"It's been ok - we should have more points than we do have though in my opinion. Maybe that is being a bit greedy, but we do feel that we have deserved more than the 21 points we have at the moment.
"We should have beaten Hull, and there are other games where we didn't get our just rewards like the game at Fulham and the draw here against Manchester City.
"We don't want to dwell on those games though, instead we would prefer to look forward and try to pick more points up between now and the end of the season. I'm sure we can do that and finish in the position that we want to be in."