Griffin paints positive picture

Potters defender not down after opening defeat

Griffin: Staying positive

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Stoke's Andy Griffin is looking at the positives rather than the negatives from Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Bolton.

The Potters travelled to The Reebok for their first-ever Premier League fixture, but the game ended with the visitors on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

Stoke had been 3-0 down at half-time and Griffin believes his team-mates can take heart from the fact that they won the second half following Ricardo Fuller's late consolation.

Pride

"We got some pride back and created a couple of chances. It is not all doom and gloom," said Griffin.

"We will keep grafting away to the final whistle. It's a necessity, and last year we had that in abundance.

"We came back so often and that propelled us into the Premier League. But we can't linger on about last year.

"We took our foot off the gas a bit and then in the blink of an eye found ourselves 3-0 down. It was a heck of a mountain to climb."