ASMIR BEGOVIC believes the Potters can approach this weekend’s trip to Manchester United in a far more buoyant mood having ended a run of three successive defeats against West Bromwich Albion.
The Potters bounced back from a disappointing run of results by claiming a point against the in-form Baggies at the Britannia Stadium – a game in which the Bosnian stopper proved to be Stoke’s hero having produced three fine saves to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Begovic feels that the point they collected against Steve Clarke’s side will give them greater confidence as they bid to follow in the footsteps of both West Brom and Southampton by taking points off the reigning champions in their own backyard.
"It was important for us to get a result on Saturday whether it be a victory or a draw, because we had been on a run of defeats which sometimes can have an effect on the players,” the 26-year-old said.
"We'd had three defeats on the bounce prior to the game so it was vital for us to end that run and get something on the board.
"Ideally a victory would have been perfect, but we got a point and that has ended a difficult few weeks for us.
"It was a positive for us, and it gives us something to build upon now, starting with the game at Manchester United this weekend, where we can now go to and have a real go at getting some more points on the board.”
He added: “It will be difficult, just as it always is against Manchester United, but they have had a couple of slip ups already this season, and being able to go there with no pressure could give us an opportunity of getting a result ourselves.”
The 'keeper, who helped his country, Bosnia, reach the World Cup Finals for the first time during the recent international break, is also adamant that the goals will start to flow at the other end of the pitch once an initial breakthrough is made.
“As much as anything we really need that little bit of luck, or that little bit of magic from somebody,” he added.
“The lads would love for a ball to hit the back of the net via a deflection off a defenders backside or something, because we are doing everything bar score at the moment.
“It is frustrating because we are putting in performances that warrant goals, and better results, but as long as we keep pushing and keep asking the questions I am certain that the goals will soon start to flow.
"We are all plugging away, and we are still getting used to the new way that we are playing and of course, we are still integrating a couple of the new lads into the team at the moment.
"Once everything clicks I am convinced that we will a force in the Premier League, but we all must remember that we are at this moment in time, a work in progress.”