Stoke City: Best is yet to come, says new boy Michael Kightly
WINGER Michael Kightly believes Stoke fans have yet to see the best of him as an attacking force.
Stoke's second summer signing admits to being frustrated at his largely defensive role so far this term.
But the 26-year-old insists supporters will see another side to his game when Stoke's fixtures become a little easier.
"I am having to play a bit more defensive than I would like," said the former Wolves winger, "but we have had a tough start with our games and sometimes you have to do that for the team.
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"We've played top sides at home and played at Wigan where they play a different system.
"Hopefully, against the so-called lesser teams at home we can be a bit more free-flowing and attacking.
"When the big clubs come, you know you aren't going to have as much possession and their full-backs play advanced, so if you don't track them back they will punish you.
"You are thinking about their full-back and stopping him scoring rather than thinking of getting past him to create a goal."
Stoke travel to Chelsea on Saturday still unbeaten, but yet to win, after drawing their first four league games for the first time in their history.
Kightly, who is currently ahead of Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant in the winger pecking order, asserted: "We have had a good start and we should have won our first game at Reading.
"If we had, we'd now have six points and you'd have snapped someone's hand off for that after these first four games."
Stoke were deciding today whether to appeal against an FA charge of violent conduct against Andy Wilkinson.
Wilkinson faces a three-match ban if found guilty of raising an arm against Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli last Saturday.
Referee Mark Clattenburg missed the incident at the time, but has since reviewed it on video.