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Marc's Double Desire

Marc Wilson joins youngsters at St George's & St Martin's Primary School in Birches Head

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14:13 9th April 2014

Wilson keen to bounce back from Chelsea defeat and avenge St James' Park nightmare

MARC WILSON believes Stoke City can right two wrongs when they take on Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium this weekend.

Wilson saw a five-game unbeaten run through March come to an end against title-chasers Chelsea on Saturday, in a game where the Potters struggled to match the same performance levels of recent games.

The Republic of Ireland defender says he also wants to avenge the 5-1 defeat at St. James' Park on Boxing Day where he saw red alongside compatriot Glenn Whelan.

"I don't think we were on it at all at Chelsea to be honest with you," he said.

"It was a tough game as Stamford Bridge is a difficult place to go to, probably the most difficult in the league with Chelsea's record there.

"We've got to put it behind us now though and concentrate on the last five games.

"It's up to us to be on our toes and on our game to get a result against Newcastle now.

"The game up at St. James' was a big setback with Glenn and myself getting sent off in that one.

"We were playing well but then lost two men, and then the manager himself, so we want to put things straight with them on Saturday and get three points.

"They've lost the last couple of games but they're a team that can bounce back so it will be a difficult game."

A triumph over Alan Pardew's side at the weekend would see the Potters reach 43 points and edge ever closer to a record Premier League points return.

That target stands at the 47 accumulated during the 2009/10 campaign, a season in which Stoke also earn their highest position of eleventh.

Wilson insists that bettering both records remains in the squad's sights and that they're not going to ease off the gas now the 40-point mark has been reached.

"Our ambition is to get as many points as possible and any suggestions that we've switched off now after getting to 40 points is not true," he added.

"The lads are keen to get as many points in the Premier League as Stoke have ever got before and we'll be pushing for that.

"Getting the win against Newcastle would then narrow the gap between us and them in ninth position to three points which would also be a positive."

The 26-year-old was speaking at a City 7s presentation event at St. George's & St. Martin's Primary School in Birches Head as local eatery The English Kitchen kindly sponsored children in year two their unique memberships.

A Q+A session was followed by a presentation of goody bags including a 2013/14 adidas home shirt, a recent #pottersmag matchday magazine and tickets to an upcoming home game.

"It's great to be here and good to give back to the community, the people who always support you," he said.

"I know I always looked up to footballers and something like this didn't happen a lot to be honest when I was younger.

"You want to set them a good example and be someone that they can look up to.

"It's nice to see the kids; they're the future fans and the ones that are so important to the Club."

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