CHARLIE ADAM believes that the current international break may just have come at the perfect time for both himself and his Stoke City teammates.
The former Liverpool ace, who is currently with the Scotland squad ahead of their two upcoming friendlies against USA and Norway, feels that the players, like himself, who are switching their attentions from the Premier League to international matters could benefit the entire squad.
Adam netted a decisive spot-kick in the dying stages of Sunday's dramatic 3-3 draw with Swansea, and despite being content with the point that the side picked up at the Liberty Stadium, he feels there are issues that need to be resolved ahead of the Sunderland clash in eleven days time.
"This break may help us - hopefully it will," he told Stoke City Player following the game. "We can get away, look at something fresh and different and then come back all revved up and raring to go against Sunderland.
"It will be a tough game against Sunderland because they have picked up some good results recently - and hopefully by going away and taking our minds off domestic matters, we can revitalise ourselves and come back fresh and ready to go again.
"At the moment it is hard to digest what happened out there on Saturday, because when you put yourselves into the position that we were in at half-time then you should win the game - there is no doubt about that.
"In the end we were grateful to a penalty in the dying seconds of the injury time to rescue us a point from the match, and whilst we are grateful for that we are still bitterly disappointed because it shouldn't have come to that.
"You can never switch off in the Premier League, because this is what can happen. We are cruising at 2-0, take our foot of the gas and we almost come home with nothing. It's a huge lesson that we have to learn from fast."
The 27-year-old says he had no hesitancy in stepping up to the plate deep into stoppage time after the referee awarded the visitors a controversial spot-kick.
"Yeah the pressure was on because of the timing of the incident and the fact that a point would take us out of the bottom three, but for me it was the right thing to do," he added.
"It's easy to run away from it and let somebody else go up and take the responsibility, but I felt comfortable in those circumstances and felt pretty confident of being able to hit the back of the net.
"I wanted to step up and take it, and thankfully it went into the back of the net. All I wanted to do was his the target with a little bit of accuracy, and luckily the 'keeper went the wrong way and we took a point from the game."