ASMIR BEGOVIC is hoping that he and his Stoke City teammates can end the season on a high note when they travel to Southampton for their final Premier League game of the season this coming Sunday.
The Potters make the long journey to the South Coast safe in the knowledge that their top-flight status has been preserved for at least another season; although they will be desperate to bounce back from Sunday’s 2-1 home defeat against Spurs.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s late strike completed a sterling comeback for the Champions League chasers who had earlier drawn themselves level through Clint Dempsey, after Steven Nzonzi’s third minute header had
ensured a dream start for the hosts.
Bosnian international Begovic admits the players were disappointed not to have taken at least a point from their final home game of the season, but says they will be back up and running, and bidding for victory at St Mary’s.
“It’s disappointing to lose our final home game of the season, of course it is,” quipped the stopper, who is firmly in the frame for the coveted Player of the Year Award at Tuesday evening’s end of season ceremony.
“We can’t let it affect us going into next weekend’s game though. We want to go down there and get the result that would ensure a good end to the season for us.
“It’s been an up and down campaign for sure, but if we can go down to Southampton and get the three points that we are desperate for then there is a chance that we could finish in the top half of the table, which
would be fantastic for us.”
The 25-year-old stopper has been linked to a plethora of Clubs in the media this season having built upon his already high reputation with a string of impressive performances between the sticks for the Potters.
He acknowledges that it is flattering to read those stories, but remains thoroughly committed to the recent contract extension that he penned at the Britannia Stadium.
"All the speculation is flattering and nice, but I am focused on my job here,” he added. "As long as Stoke want me, I am contracted. I know football is a business and we will see what happens.
"You never know what is around the corner, but as far as I am concerned I am planning to be here.
"I am happy here and I am desperate to help the club push forward. We all want to win trophies and be as successful as we can, that is the main aim."