CHARLIE ADAM believes the Potters stunning second half comeback against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon demonstrates the progression that the side are making under new manager Mark Hughes.
The Scotland international bagged his first goal of the campaign to cancel out Marouane Chamakh's first half opener, before skipper Ryan Shawcross prodded home the winning goal four minutes later to cap off a superb second half performance.
Adam acknowledges that the players were well below par during the initial 45 minutes, but says that he and the rest of the side will draw huge reason for optimism from a much-improved performance following the interval.
"The first half I thought we were a little bit slow, and the tempo wasn't up to speed, and rightly so the manager had one or two things to say to us during the break," the midfielder told stokecityfc.com.
"Obviously we are a work in progress, but with each game that comes I feel we are adapting more and we are becoming better at what the manager wants to see from us; and the second half today was proof of that.
"We could have scored three or four goals, so that is pleasing. There will be times when things don't go our way, like the first half today, but that will always be the case when you are looking to change the style of play."
He added: "It was a fantastic win for us today though, and we have those first three points on the board now which was the objective prior to kick-off today. We will keep getting better, and we will look forward to the game on Wednesday now."
The 26-year old also claimed that he was delighted to get his name on the score-sheet, and admits that he is hoping that plenty more will follow between now and the end of the season.
"It's a part of the game that I really enjoy, but unfortunately I haven't scored as many as I would have liked to have done in recent seasons," he added.
"Getting the goal today was fantastic though, and it came at a good time for us. Credit to Ryan too because he took his goal superbly well, and in the end it won us the game.
"I want to score more goals this season and with the freedom that we have out on the field hopefully I will be able to do that."