OUSSAMA ASSAIDI is hoping his spectacular match winning goal against Chelsea will act as a springboard into Mark Hughes’ reckoning for regular Stoke City starts.
The Moroccan international winger, who is on a season-long loan with the Potters from Liverpool, grabbed the headlines at the weekend after sending Chelsea crashing to a 3-2 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
Assaidi earned Stoke their first league victory over the west London club since 1975 as he crashed a 25-yard shot past Petr Cech in the 90th minute of a pulsating contest.
Boss Hughes had relegated the 25 year old to the bench for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men but he responded in the best possible fashion and is eyeing-up a return to the starting line-up in Saturday’s televised date with Hull at the KC Stadium.
“I played quite a lot of football last week; 90 minutes against Everton and 90 minutes against Cardiff City and then some time against Chelsea,” he told Stoke City Player
“I hope I get more minutes, of course. I think I did quite well and I’ve come to Stoke to play, so hopefully I’ll get more starts.”
Assaidi’s last-gasp winner is sure to be a contender for the December Goal of the Month competition and was similar in nature to one he scored in October’s Capital One Cup tie against Birmingham.
“The goal against Birmingham was pretty similar,” he reflects, but I prefer the one against Chelsea because it came against such a big team.
“I got the ball from Stephen Ireland and was one-on-one with a Chelsea player. When I’m in that situation, I like to cut inside and on this occasion I decided to have a shot and it went into the top corner.
“We needed the points and hopefully beating a big team like Chelsea will give us lots of confidence for the future.”