DUTCH defender Erik Pieters has urged his teammates to bounce back from last weekend’s loss away at Chelsea.
The Blues were worthy 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge as they continue to stake a claim in the race for the Premier League title.
Defeat meant City’s five match unbeaten run came to an end and Pieters says the Potters’ dressing room was in anguish after what he called a disappointing performance in the capital.
The 25-year-old was also quick to banish the idea the players have the summer in sight after reaching the 40-point mark and says the Club are determined to finish the season on a high.
“Not at all, we want to finish as high in the table as we possibly can. We have five matches to go and we need to give 100% in each game,” he told Stoke City Player.
“We didn’t play at our best and if we don’t do that we can’t beat teams like Chelsea. Performances like that just aren’t good enough.
“We have to be on our top level when we come up against the bigger teams and we weren’t at our top level, that’s what makes it disappointing.”
“I think everybody is more disappointed with the performance more so than the result because we just didn’t turn up.
“Still, Chelsea are a top team but we need to continue and put in a better display in against Newcastle who are just six points away from us.”
Pieters says the side will be looking forward to repaying the Stoke faithful when they return to the Britannia Stadium for this weekend’s game against Newcastle United.
The Magpies currently sit six points ahead of City in the table and Pieters will be in search of closing the gap on the Tyneside outfit.
The Dutch international also believes the Potters will be seeking revenge on the Magpies after suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat at St James’ Park back in December, in which both Glen Whelan and Marc Wilson received their marching orders.
“Everyone knows we can do better, we have a tough game this weekend and we can cut the point’s gap with Newcastle and that’s exactly what we will be looking to achieve,” he added.
“We have something to make up for in front of our supporters because of the Chelsea result and the game back at St James’ Park when we lost heavily and had two players sent off.
“Everyone is looking forward to hopefully getting our revenge.”
Pieters has missed just one Premier League game this season after joining the club from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
The left-back is nearing the end of his first full season in England and says he is thoroughly enjoying life at the Britannia Stadium.
“I’m satisfied with the way I’ve been playing recently but of course I am critical of my performances every week because I want to improve as a player,” he said.
“I am playing in a very good team and I am surrounded by very friendly teammates and staff at the club.
“I like playing here and I hope to continue giving my all in the remaining matches of the season and for as long as possible.”