SUPER-SUB Cameron Jerome has challenged his Stoke City team-mates to use the first Barclays Premier League win of 2013 as a platform to build upon . . . and embark upon another unbeaten run in the coming weeks.
The Potters, who have lost just once at the Britannia Stadium this season, maintained their excellent home form with a thoroughly-deserved win over Reading, thanks to a first goal of the season from Robert Huth and a sublime individual effort from Jerome.
The former England-Under-21 international played an instrumental role in helping the side to record a welcome win over Brian McDermott’s in-form Royals side, and he believes that it could ultimately prove to be one of the biggest results of the campaign.
“It’s a massive win for us because it gives us a bit of a cushion, whereas had we not won the game, then we may have been looking over our shoulders a little bit at the teams who are behind us,” said the 26-year-old striker.
“We can look onwards and upwards now though, and hopefully we can use this result as a platform to build upon and try to string together a good run of results.
“We had a good unbeaten run here at the Britannia Stadium for a few months up until the Chelsea game, and we would love to do something similar again between now and the end of the season.”
He added: “If we can do that then who knows where we are capable of ending up this season. We are an ambitious Club with ambitious players, so we want to get as high up the table as possible.”
Jerome, who has started just one League game this term, has established himself as something of a super-sub, having netted crucial strikes from the bench against Newcastle United, Southampton and now Reading.
Despite this however, he says he would love to be given more of an opportunity to showcase his talents over a prolonged period of time.
“You hear things like I am better coming off the bench when the game is stretched, but I think I am capable of opening a game up over 90 minutes, or over two hours,” he added.
“However long I am on the pitch for, I do feel confident of scoring goals and causing problems, but the gaffer is the boss and he does what he thinks is best.
“I suppose when you look at it, he may be right, but as a player, I obviously want to be on the pitch a little more than I have been.
“That said, it is a team game and if we are getting the right results, then I will be pleased.”