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Looking For Momentum

MICHAEL KIGHTLY insists that he'd rather be playing than not this weekend... especially as City look to build momentum from last weekend's 2-1 victory over Reading.

The Potters have a free schedule as the FA Cup reaches the Fifth Round stage, with Tony Pulis' men being knocked out in the previous round by Premier League champions Manchester City.

Although Kightly says a break could help the squad, he personally would have preferred another match soon after they secured their first league victory of 2013 against Royals.

"I'd rather there was a game, especially after good win," said the 27-year-old midfielder.

"We'd rather keep that going, but I'm sure a rest will do the boys good and hopefully we can try and get something from Fulham next week."

Kightly recognises the comfortable position the Potters currently occupy in the Premier League, with the Club sitting in the top half and 10 points clear of the relegation zone, but realises that the ultimate aim of staying in the top flight shouldn't be forgotten.

"We're going well at the minute, but let's get to that 40-point mark and then try and build from there," he added.

"We've got to look up the table rather than down it, but it's important that we stay in this league first and foremost."

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers man was named in the starting eleven for the much-needed win at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, and he hopes to continue being at the forefront of the manager's plans in the final third of the campaign.

"I was happy with my performance - I was little disappointed to come off in fact, but I came off and we scored two goals so that's the game," he said.

"We've got a very good squad here and whoever plays can do a good job.

"I'm happy here though. Obviously I've not played as much as I would have liked recently, but I've showed the gaffer that I want to play and hopefully I can stay in the team."

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