Begovic Eyes Top-half Finish

  • Last Updated: May 1 2012, 7:16 BST

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic claims there will be no easing up as Stoke near the end of their lengthy campaign.

Begovic: Urging Stoke to keep going

With 53 games already played, and little to play for other than a top-half finish, the Potters might be tempted to ease up as a memorable season reaches its final three games.

But Begovic insists there are no such thoughts at the Britannia Stadium ahead of tonight's penultimate home Barclays Premier League fixture against Everton.

The Bosnian said: "We've got to pick up as many points as we can.

"The season's been great so far. Some of the performances, especially at home, have been fantastic. We want to finish well and take momentum into next season.

"You can't take your foot off the pedal. Every game has big meaning in the Premier League and tonight should be a cracker.

"Every time we play Everton it's a good game, a tough game, and hopefully we'll be ready."

Stoke are a lowly-looking 14th in the league but have a game in hand on most of their mid-table rivals and are just six points behind eighth-placed Liverpool.

Their campaign will be remembered for the run to the knockout stages of the Europa League, but the Potters remain determined to finish in the top 10 for the first time since promotion in 2008.

Begovic said: "First things first we've secured our status for next season, which is important.

"I think overall we've played some great stuff and if we could finish in the top 10 that would be fantastic.

"We've got to aim high, so that's what we'll do and we'll keep fighting for that."

Begovic hopes to retain his place but manager Tony Pulis has suggested he might give Denmark's Thomas Sorensen a chance in at least the final two games to help his Euro 2012 preparations.

Begovic, 24, said: "If that's the situation, it is what it is and I accept that.

"Obviously he's got a big tournament in the summer and all the best to him with that.

"We'll see what happens and go with the flow. Of course I'd love to play."

Despite the disappointment of losing in the FA Cup semi-finals, Everton are finishing their season strongly having gone six unbeaten in the league. They thrashed Fulham 4-0 last weekend.

Begovic said: "They're a good side, they've got a good bunch of professionals with a great attitude.

"No matter what's happened to them [FA Cup] you're always going to get a tough game.

"Their manager keeps them going, they're flying at the moment, so we'll have to be at our best."