Adam in rallying call

  • Last Updated: April 8 2013, 6:17 BST

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has attempted to rally his team-mates as fans' concerns continue to grow over the club's form.

Adam: Challenge ahead with Stoke
Adam: Challenge ahead with Stoke

Booing was frequent at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as the lacklustre Potters slipped into a relegation battle with a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa.

Results have deserted Tony Pulis' men with just one win from the last 13 games and Adam can understand the frustration of the supporters.

"Of course I can," said the Scotland international. "At the end of the day you don't want to see your team where they are.

"As a group of players we don't want to be there but it is just not happening for us in the latter part of the season.

"It is only us that can change it, nobody else. We are the ones in control on the pitch. It is up to us now to get out of it."

With some of the teams below them finding form, pressure is increasing as Stoke's alarming slump continues.

Adam has told his colleagues they must be able to deal with it.

The 27-year-old said: "I don't feel the tension.

"At the end of the day, when you are playing at a club like this, playing in the Premier League, you need to be able to handle the pressure.

"If you can't handle the pressure it is difficult to be a footballer.

"For us it is about who can handle it in the coming weeks. It is going to be a few interesting weeks coming up.

"We are looking forward to it because it is a good challenge."

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Adam experienced relegation with Blackpool two seasons but feels the mentality is different at Stoke as the Seasiders had been expected to struggle.

Adam, signed from Liverpool last August, said: "We are not thinking about relegation - this is a club that has been in the Premier League five or six years. Relegation is not on the mind.

"We are going through a bad patch, that is there to be seen.

"We are the only people that can pick it up. Over the next six or seven games we need to win some football games.

"If we can do that we will be fine.

"We need to get back to what we were doing in the early part of the season - getting after teams, forcing the game on them.

"Hopefully in the next few games we can do that and get some positive results."

The next fixture could hardly be more daunting with leaders Manchester United visiting the Britannia next Sunday hoping to take a step nearer to winning the title.

Adam said: "The intensity Villa showed was not suiting us.

"They had a few chances and it is hard to take.

"But there are no easy games in this league and there are none bigger than Manchester United next Sunday.

"We are at home and if we could gradually get confidence going into the game, then fine, but it is going to be a tough match for us."


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