GEOFF CAMERON is hoping Stoke City can at least match their performances in the first half of the season over the coming months in 2013 . . . as he and his team-mates set their sights on a first-ever top ten finish in the Barclays Premier League.
The United States international has cemented himself down as a regular starter at the Britannia Stadium following his summer move from MLS side Houston Dynamo, although he will be forced to watch from the sidelines as the side look to extend their unbeaten run to ten games on Saturday.
A fifth caution of the campaign during the impressive Boxing Day victory over Liverpool means the 27-year old will be absent for this weekend's final game of 2012 against Southampton.
"It's disappointing, but I guess It's just one of those things that happens in football," he told stokecityfc.com.
"I want to play in every game, just as every other player in the squad does. Somebody will come into the side and hopefully they will do well and help the lads get the three points on the board.
"We have done well over the first part of the season, been hard to beat and picked up a good number of points, so there is confidence within the locker room."
He added: "It's important to keep working hard though and making sure we keep doing the right things, like we have done over the last few months. If we do that, then we can have another good half of the season."
The Boston-born defender has featured in all but one of the Potters' game this season, as well as starting in almost 20 of Houston Dynamo’s League games prior to his summer move.
Despite such a congested schedule this year, Cameron says he is still feeling fit and sharp, and is targeting a spot back in the side against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.
"It's been a crazy twelve months for me, but a great twelve months," he smiled.
"There have been a lot of games, and because I haven't had a proper break, it's like I have had a full season already.
"Normally, I would be at home with my feet up now, but the season is only half way through and for me it's just a case of making sure I look after myself correctly."
He added: "I'm feeling good, I just have to make sure I warm up and warm down a little bit more; but that's it. I'm still training the same as the other lads and I' thoroughly enjoying it."
Cameron will be joined on the sidelines against the Saints by skipper Ryan Shawcross, after the FA confirmed both players have incurred an automatic one game suspension following their fofth yellow cards of the season.