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Adam: "Stand Up & Be Counted"

Charlie Adam

CHARLIE ADAM has admitted that Stoke City need to “stand up and be counted” following the Potters' 1-0 New Year's Day defeat to Newcastle United.

Ayoze Perez netted the Magpies only goal of the encounter midway through the second half to secure Rafael Benitez’s side only their third victory on their travels this season.

The defeat leaves the Potters perilously close to the relegation zone with 16 Premier League fixtures remaining, and Adam gave a brutally honest account following City’s fifth home defeat of the season.

The Potters fall to 16th place in the table heading into a two-week break from top flight action, and the Scotland international believes the dressing room has the ability to turn the situation around.

“We’re in the mix now,” the 32-year old said. "We are down there fighting for survival, and we need to find some character to get us out of this mess.

“We need to stand up and be counted, because as a group of players, we are the ones who have put ourselves in the situation we’re in.

“We have had four or five decent opportunities to get a goal today, and at the end of the day, we are where we are because we are too open, and we can’t defend at times.

He added: “We just need to pick ourselves up and go again. Only the players in the dressing room can change this situation.

“League form must take priority, but when you’re in this situation, you just have to win games. We have to look at ourselves, and get a win in the next game.

“The players have to keep going, and keep up the fight. It’s important that we, as players, get the fans off their seats.

“As a team, we need to pick up points as soon as possible, and come the end of the season, hopefully it will be enough.

“Coventry City on Saturday is not going to be an easy test. They are going OK in League Two, so it is going to be a difficult game.”