Stoke assistant calls upon entire team to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Adam
Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp has urged the entire team to follow in the footsteps of new boy Charlie Adam.
Last Updated: 27/11/12 4:42pm
Adam has impressed since joining the Potters from Liverpool this summer, scoring the winner in Stoke's last two home games, both 1-0 victories over QPR and Fulham.
And Kemp, while praising the display of Adam against the Cottagers, says the team must start converting their chances.
"He's produced two quality finishes, and that's what we've been missing in our play," said Kemp.
"We've been having shots but the quality of the finishing's not been as good as the build-up play.
"Charlie's two finishes have been very good and that's the type of thing we're looking for, but we need more of it, and not just from Charlie, from all the players.
"I thought we played better than the result suggested but it's no good me saying that, we have to score the goals to justify that.
"It's all about goals and we're not scoring enough from the chances that we're creating.
"We don't want to keep making it as nervous as that or we'll all grow old very quickly. If we can get two or three up in games when we're playing well then it will make life a bit easier."
Newcastle travel to Stoke on Wednesday evening in the hope of ending a run of three successive league defeats while Tony Pulis' men sit 12th in the table.
Kemp remains a big admirer of Alan Pardew's side, though, particularly strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba, who almost joined Stoke in January 2011 but failed a medical.
"They beat us twice last season and we want to rectify that tomorrow," said Kemp. "Any team with Ba and Cisse up front is always going to be a threat and that's going to test us.
"Newcastle have had a blip but all teams will have a blip at some point in the season, even the team that wins the league. You don't take notice of that. We know what they can do and we'll be ready for them."