ASMIR BEGOVIC remains confident that Stoke City will turn all their promise into points sooner rather than later . . . and hopes that next Saturday’s visitors to the Britannia Stadium Queens Park Rangers will be the ones on the receiving end.
The giant Bosnian shared the frustration of his team-mates after missed chances prevented City from hitting back and taking at least a point from their Barclays Premier League match at Norwich City at the weekend as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
After Begovic had been beaten by a well-placed header from Bradley Johnson shortly before half-time in the Carrow Road encounter, the Potters pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half but couldn’t make it count as they emerged empty-handed.
Despite that third League defeat of the season, the ‘keeper drew some consolation and encouragement that City were unlucky in the end.
“The performances are there, the effort is there, but the ball just isn’t going in the net for us at the moment,” Begovic told Stoke City Player afterwards.
“We’ve just got to keep going, keep up the hard work and I am sure that creating all these chances will pay off one day; hopefully it will be in the QPR match.
“We need to keep putting pressure on the opposition, keep on the front foot and then it will fall for us; we will get that little bit of luck in front of goal.”
He added: “We can take a lot of encouragement from the fact that we have been creating a lot of chances in the past few weeks, but it has just been the final ball or our finishing which has let us down and that has been incredibly frustrating.”
Though City’s players were bitterly disappointed not to get something out of the Norwich to leave the Potters on nine points from ten matches, Begovic is not concerned that the Club’s current position will have too much of an effect on confidence.
“We’ve got some pretty strong characters in the dressing room, so our position shouldn’t affect us, but we do need to get points out of the QPR match,” he commented.
“It is an important game for us, but every game at this level is an important one, especially those at home, and we know QPR will be tough opponents.”