CHARLIE ADAM insists there is no sense of panic within the Stoke City dressing room . . . despite slipping to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.
City were undone by a strike from substitute Jack Collison on the stroke of half-time which earned the Hammers their second away win of the season, although Adam went the closest to salvaging a point with a volley in the final minute which crashed against the crossbar.
The Scotland international acknowledged his disappointment following the side’s third defeat in four games, but remained upbeat about the remainder of the season, targeting a much-improved point’s return over the final ten games to maintain a mid-table position.
“We should be winning at home, certainly in these games against teams who are in a similar position to ourselves,” said the former Liverpool midfielder.
“We huffed and we puffed for 90 minutes, but sadly the quality or that cutting edge just wasn’t there, and I suppose in the end it just wasn’t our day.
“It’s disappointing of course it is, nobody wants to lose games, but there is a lot of positives to take from the season so far, there is no doubt about that.”
He added: “We have plenty of games to go and we are in a good position in the League, so let’s not get too carried away. There are 30 points to play for and we will be doing everything we can to get as many of them as possible.”
Adam did his hopes of featuring in next weekend’s trip to Newcastle United no harm whatsoever, after impressing from the bench during the latter stages of the encounter.
The former Liverpool man almost earned his team-mates a point in the final minute of normal time with a thunderous volley from 25-yards which hit the woodwork.
“It was one of those where if it had come off my shin it would have flown into the back of the net, but I probably hit it too well,” he said.
“Obviously it’s disappointing because it would probably have got us a point from the game, but it wasn’t to be and we have to move on now and look forward.”