GEOFF CAMERON has challenged his teammates to provide further proof of the Club’s progression under boss Mark Hughes when they make the short journey down the M6 to Aston Villa this weekend.
The Potters travel to Birmingham on Sunday eager to prolong a three-match unbeaten run that has yielded seven points from three testing fixtures against Arsenal, Norwich City and most recently West Ham United.
Those results have catapulted the side into eleventh place in the Barclays Premier League, with just goal difference separating them from Paul Lambert’s side, who currently occupy tenth spot thanks to a 1-0 triumph over Chelsea last time out.
Speaking in the build-up to the game, Cameron said: “We are getting better all the time, and I think our performances and results recently show that.
“We always knew that this season was going to be one of ups and downs, but we are getting towards where we want to be now and we are starting to play the style of football that we feel will move us forward.
“Taking seven points from the last three games has been a huge boost for us and it has given us a lot of confidence to go on and finish the season as high as we can, hopefully tenth, but even eighth of ninth isn’t out of the equation yet.
“We have the ability to finish in the top half of the table for sure, we have shown that already this season by taking points off a lot of the teams challenging at the top.”
He added: “Confidence is high right now, and we are hoping to produce another good performance this weekend against Villa and add three more points to our tally so far.”
The United States international has highlighted Hughes’ more attacking philosophy as being key to the recent upturn in fortunes, and believes the Welshman’s ideology will give the players a huge platform to build upon next season.
“You have to give the gaffer a lot of credit because he came here in the summer with his own ideas and has changed one or two things around, and they are now starting to pay off,” the 28-year-old said.
“There's more movement off the ball and more keeping the ball on the pitch, which I think suits the players that we have here at the Club.
“We're going into games knowing our plan is to take it to teams rather than defending and hoping we can get one goal here or a point there.
“We were very good for spells in the win against West Ham United but now we are hoping to put a full performance together and make it a complete performance. Hopefully that will come against Villa.
“It is something that will still take time though. We are progressing and we are making good steps forward, but there are still things to work on to get to where the manager feels we are capable of getting to.”
The forthcoming game at Villa Park is likely to thrust Cameron into action against his international compatriot Brad Guzan, and he says he is itching to get one over the stopper for more than one reason.
“He’s a friend of mine, and obviously I am really looking forward to coming up against him. It always adds a little extra spice to the game,” he smiled.
“I’m a Boston boy though and he is from Chicago, and us guys don’t like losing to anybody from Chicago, so there is a little bit of local pride at stake for us both too.
“More importantly, we want to get the three points on the board to lift ourselves above them in the league, so that is the big objective for us.”