CHARLIE ADAM hailed a “massive win” after his goal sank Norwich City at The Britannia Stadium and edged Stoke City closer to Barclays Premier League safety.
The influential midfielder bagged the only goal of the game in the opening seconds of the second half with a composed finish after Peter Crouch had flicked Ryan Shawcross’ ball forward into his path as he burst into the penalty area.
The Potters had other chances to extend their lead, while Norwich failed to create a single clearcut goalscoring opportunity of note.
The victory took Stoke to 40 points, eight clear of the bottom three, and Adam revealed: “We’re delighted to get a home win.
“This is a difficult League and we’re pleased with six points from the last two games.
“I thought we deserved the win; we passed it well and created a lot of chances. Norwich probably came here for a point, but for us, it’s a massive win.”
Adam capped another outstanding display with a cool finish past Mark Bunn from close range to send the vast majority of the capacity crowd at the Britannia Stadium into raptures.
It represented the Scottish international midfielder’s first goal since November and only his third of the campaign.
He added: “Peter did ever so well and Cameron Jerome did well to protect the ball from the defender; I managed to nip in, get a header and then a strike at goal.
“Hopefully, that’s the first of many goals – we’ve got three games to go and it would nice if I could add a couple of goals between now and the end of the season and a couple of victories would be even better.
“We’ve been creating chances and it was only a matter of time before they went in. They’ve gone in for us in the last few games.
“There are three games to go and nine points to play for. It’s going to be tough but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can win every game.
“Whatever happens in the next three games could carry on to next season.
“A couple of weeks ago, it wasn’t looking too good for us, but we’re back in the mix again and looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Adam admits he is revelling in life back in the first team spotlight after a spell as a substitute. “I’ve had to bide my time and sit on the sidelines and watch. It has been difficult,” he said.
“I’m one of those players who wants to play every week, but it’s great to get an opportunity to get back in the side and hopefully we can get more than 40 points to ensure we’re safe.”