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Nov, 12, 2012

Adam hopes winner will fire up Stoke

Charlie Adam believes his first goal for Stoke City can be the catalyst for lift-off in their stuttering season.

The Scotland international's accomplished finish early in the second half against QPR on Saturday brought the Potters only their second victory in 18 matches going back to early April.

It dumped the Londoners back on the foot of the table and also bought Stoke breathing space - and Adam, 26, is anxious that they build on the result.

"I hope this is the win that kicks us on," he said. "We beat Swansea here 2-0 and played well, but we didn't back it up. Hopefully, we can back this one up with another good result.

"We've got a good run of games where, hopefully, we can win some. It wasn't the greatest game in the world [against QPR], but it's important we make it hard for teams who come here, and we did that.

"This is a club moving in the right direction. It has been for the last five years, so hopefully I'll be part of something special this season.

"We have had a lot of tough games, but this is the league we're in. You're playing against the best players in the world. It's important we keep doing what we're doing and the results will come. We've dug in here and managed to get the win."

Adam, previously a prolific scorer for Blackpool, played down the personal boost that could come from his first goal, but his manager Tony Pulis has described the breakthrough as getting "a monkey off his back".

"He took the goal ever so well and showed real quality," Pulis said. "It's lovely for him to score and lovely for us to get the three points with him scoring.

"We haven't got many midfield players who score goals, so you're hoping he would do that for you."

The £4 million signing from Liverpool played in different positions on Saturday, most notably just off striker Peter Crouch.

But that faded into insignificance against the fact that he had become only the third Stoke player to join the striker on the Premier League scoresheet in 2012-13.

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