GEOFF CAMERON believes that Stoke City will soon start to reap their rewards for a promising start to the Barclays Premier League campaign . . . despite Saturday's narrow defeat at Chelsea extending their winless run to five games.
City registered four consecutive draws prior to Saturday's encounter at Stamford Bridge and had looked on course to make it five until Ashley Cole popped up with a dramatic strike to snatch a late, late victory for the European Champions.
Tony Pulis' side will undoubtedly feel aggrieved to have left the capital empty handed, having more than matched their opponents throughout the encounter, and whilst Cameron admits the spirit in the dressing room has taken a knock, he believes that elusive first win of the new Premier League campaign will come sooner rather than later.
"We deserved a point from the game for sure, and on another day it could have been three, so the defeat is definitely hard to take," admitted the United States international.
"Our heads are obviously down a little at the moment, but we will make sure we are back up and running again for the game against Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.
"It's been a tough start for us with the teams that we have faced, but we can take a lot of positives with us from those games because we could, and should still be unbeaten.
"It's important to get that first win on the board though, so we have to take the game to Swansea, just keep doing what we have been doing and finish them off when we get the chances.
He added: "We have performed well this season against three of the best sides in the world, so there is a lot of reason for optimism. We are creating chances and giving teams many problems, so hopefully we can continue to do that."
Andy Wilkinson's retrospective three-match ban paved the way for the versatile Cameron to return to the starting line-up in a more unfamiliar right back role.
The former Houston Dynamo star briefly featured in that position during the 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic earlier this month, but he revealed that Saturday was the first time that he has ever started a game in that role.
"It's the first time that I have really started in that position so it was new to me," he smiled. "I had a few days training in that position, got a little bit of advice on what to do and what not to do and I felt I did okay.
"I was able to push on a little bit at times and try to get balls into the box, which is an aspect of the game I enjoy, but obviously you can't do it as much as you would like against teams like Chelsea.
"You have to be extremely disciplined at full-back because as I said earlier they are a huge threat in every area of the pitch, and if you get caught out once you know what is going to happen.
"I'm happy to be in the team, and whilst I am more comfortable in midfield or in central defence, if it means playing then I will give it my best shot."