Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam labels QPR match a 'must-win' game
Potters were unable to come away with any points from match against Manchester United
Monday 15 April 2013
Charlie Adam has labelled Stoke's clash with QPR next weekend a must-win game as they attempt to halt the slide that has made relegation a real possibility.
When the Potters went on a 10-game unbeaten run in November and December they appeared to have few worries about securing a sixth consecutive Premier League season but their form since has been dreadful.
Stoke have picked up only five points in 2013 and just one in their last seven games, with their latest setback coming in yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United.
Tony Pulis' side made the worst possible start by conceding a goal in the fourth minute, Michael Carrick prodding in after the hosts had failed to clear a corner, and Robin van Persie made sure of the points with a 66th-minute penalty.
It has now become imperative they take something from Saturday's trip to Loftus Road, with matches against fellow strugglers Norwich and Sunderland following straight after.
Midfielder Adam said: "It's hard to take but the season starts now. When you lose a goal after three minutes against the champions elect, it's going to be difficult. It's going to be a difficult game as it is but to lose a goal so early was a blow.
"We huffed and puffed to try to get back into the game but we never really created much. They've got top players and that's what I was trying to say during the game. I think we rushed the game a little bit too much.
"With the wind behind us in the second half we had a couple of chances but probably not enough to warrant getting anything out of the game. That's the way it goes.
"It's a sore one to take but there's five games to go and we need a couple of victories. We need to go to QPR next week and win.
"They're in a bad position so it's probably going to be an edgy match but they're at home and if we can stop them in the first 15 or 20 minutes getting the crowd up then we can go there and get a victory."
Stoke were dealt a blow before kick-off when Sunderland beat Newcastle to climb above the Potters, who are only three points above 18th-placed Wigan having played two games more.
Adam insisted the Sunderland result made no difference, saying: "We were in the mix last week and we're in the mix again this week.
"It's going to be tough but we need to show a bit of character. We've got the quality in the dressing room and we'll just hope for some kind of bounce between now and the end of the season."
Latest in Sport
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City: £58m deal hits the rocks as Wolfsburg admits they're 'in no rush' to sell former Chelsea midfielder
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
Usain Bolt taken out by clumsy photographer on Segway during victory lap after World Championships 200m win over Justin Gatlin
Club Brugge 0 Manchester United 4 player ratings: Wayne Rooney scores hat-trick, but who impressed in Champions League tie?
Javier Hernandez: Great night for Manchester United, terrible night for Chicharito
- 1 Video of Irish 'professional boxer' fighting Istanbul neighbourhood goes viral in Turkey
- 3 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 4 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs