GEOFF CAMERON is hopeful Stoke City can harness the momentum gained from last weekend’s win over Swansea City . . . and use it to get a positive result against Liverpool on Sunday.
The United States international made his fourth start in the Barclays Premier League at the Britannia Stadium against the Swans, and helped City to their first three points of the campaign.
He believes that the win gives them the ideal platform from which to approach a tough-looking fixture against a Liverpool side who, on Saturday, also secured their first triumph of the 2012-13 season with a 5-2 thrashing of Norwich City.
“I think it was a big win for us,” he commented. “Obviously, we played some tough teams before, so to finally get the three points at home is a big step and it gives us some momentum going into the Liverpool game this weekend.
“They won too, so we’ve both got some momentum. With them playing at home, they obviously have the fans behind them and will want to continue from their result.”
Sunday’s opponents are managed by former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers, and Cameron is beginning to see the Northern Irishman imprinting the same football values on Merseyside as he had at the Liberty Stadium,
“I think there are similar styles between Swansea and Liverpool, and I think we frustrated Swansea. We cannot expect Liverpool to be exactly the same as them, but there are definitely similarities.
“We have to go there with the frame of mind that we can beat them. Every team is beatable, but it’s just a matter of how well we execute our game plan.
“Against Swansea, we had some pretty good possession too – we controlled it at the back and had some good possession in midfield, so I think we can do that as well on Sunday.”
After filling in for Andy Wilkinson at right-back in recent matches, and having started in central midfield for his full debut against Arsenal, the 26-year-old admits his surprise at having so much game time early on in his career in the Potteries.
“I didn’t expect this! I’ve just been thrown into it and I’m just trying to adjust the best as I can,” he added.
“I think I prefer it that way, because it doesn’t allow you to think about it and dwell on it too much. I’m just taking it one day at a time and one game at a time. You can’t look too far in advance.
“I think I’m getting better and better adjusted. Sometimes things are a little bit faster but you’ve just got to get used to it. Training has been helping me out and overall I think I’m doing alright.”
Cameron was speaking at a presentation night for the Club’s City 7s – a scheme that gives seven-year-old fans the chance to enhance their association with the Potters.
After partaking in a question and answer session with 60 youngsters and their families in the Tony Waddington Suite, he handed out signed goody bags before posing for photographs and signing autographs for the excited fans.
“It’s been a really fun evening,” he said after the event.
“The kids are great and had some great questions! The Club are good at bringing in children from the local area and trying to get them affiliated with Stoke City.
“As part of this, they get tickets for the games which is further incentive to become a fan. They had a thousand fans last year, so it’s a great idea and it’s worked.”
*For more information about the ‘City 7s’ scheme, please give the Club’s Community Trust a call on (01782)592252 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scheme is only open to children who celebrate their 7th birthday between September 1st 2012 and August 31st 2013.
For just £10.00, the young supporter will receive the following present:
- A Stoke City home shirt for the 2012-13 season
- Two free tickets to see the Potters at the Britannia Stadium
- A £5.00 voucher to open or add to your Stoke City Save and Support account