ASMIR BEGOVIC believes that securing a much-needed victory against Sunderland tomorrow will give the side confidence to re-establish the Britannia Stadium as a Premier League fortress.
The Potters have recorded just one victory on home soil this campaign, a 2-1 triumph against newly promoted Crystal Palace back in August.
Since then the side have recorded just three points from their four home encounters against Manchester City, Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and surprise package Southampton.
Begovic is hopeful of adding a second victory to that list on Saturday however, despite the fact that the Black Cats arrive at the Brit buoyed by their recent upturn in fortunes.
“They will be flying following that result [beating Manchester City], and they will come here and make it difficult for us,” he told #pottersmag in the build-up to the game.
“But we are desperate to do well too, and give our home supporters something to cheer about because we haven’t done that as much as we would have liked so far.
“We have been incredibly successful at home over the years, and this year we want to do the same and turn this place into a fortress.
“Three points on Saturday would be a good start towards doing that, but we are under no illusions as to how tough a game we face.
“They have picked up recently, they’ve had a couple of great wins and they will come here confident. But, we are feeling good too – we are scoring goals, so we know that we can cause them a lot of problems.
“There is no reason why we can’t get the three points on the board.”
The Bosnian international acknowledges that the players aren’t proud of the position they currently find themselves in the Premier League, but remains adamant that things will soon start to turn around.
“It was important to get something at Swansea because it kept us above the bottom three going into the two week international break,” he added.
“You would have had people who would have taken that to heart, and started to panic and worry about things.
“So from that point of view it is nice to be outside of it. But, in the bigger picture, we know that the position that we are in now anyway still isn’t good enough.
“We have players here who are very experienced pros, and many players who have played at the very top level for a long, long time. We will move up the table, I am sure of that.”
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