We Have To Remain Upbeat
England goalkeeper Jack Butland has said that Stoke City must remain unbeat despite our position in the table this season.
With eleven games remaining in the current campaign in the Premier League, Butland admitted that there was frustration and disappointment considering we only took a point from Brighton in our last match - you factor in the way we finished strongly and the penalty - but he felt there was enough improvement on show to have faith that results would come our way.
Speaking to the Official Website with Stoke remaining in the bottom three, Butland pointed to how tight things were as a run of two wins would rocket almost everybody away from danger and that was what we had to look to do.
'It`s very easy to look at the negative side of things and the fact we are currently inside the relegation zone, but in reality it is very tight at the bottom and any one of six or seven teams could be in the bottom three right now.'
The 24 year old went on to say that obviously our goal difference counts against us, but if we take care of the points issue then that won't matter.
'Our goal difference is against us, yes, but a couple of wins and we will fly up the league. We have to stay in games like we did at the weekend and pick up points. We need to look up and at the positives and make sure we fight for everything in every game. Saturday just wasn`t our day because we deserved to win but at least we picked up what could turn out to be a valuable point.'
'We have some big games coming up, including a few against teams towards the top of the table, but we know no matter who we face, we need to take points off them.'
Wit a change of manager of late, Butland went on to say that he felt we were showing signs of improvement across those games and we was confident it would come together for us.
'Since the new manager has come in we`ve picked up five points from four games, which is the kind of form, with the amount games we have remaining, that is going to get you to around 40 points. I`m really pleased with the improvement in performances recently and we are finally feeling as though we are in games and could be picking up points.'
'In the past we haven`t had the workrate there and we`ve faced an uphill task, but we are giving ourselves a chance to win games now by playing much better football and at a higher tempo too. The fans can see that - the lads are flying into challenges and running through brick walls for each other and the Club.'