Stoke City: Charlie Adam hopes QPR victory can spark Potters
GOAL hero Charlie Adam says Stoke must use their hard-fought 1-0 win over QPR as a springboard for the rest of the season.
The Scotland international struck after 52 minutes at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday to give Stoke the crucial advantage in a tense affair against Mark Hughes's bottom-of-the-league side.
• GALLERY: Match Action: Stoke City 1 QPR 0
The goal, his first for the club, ensured Stoke's second Premier League victory of the season and set them up for their tough trip to West Ham a week today.
Adam said: "I hope this is the win that kicks us on. We beat Swansea here 2-0 and we played well, but we didn't back it up. Hopefully next week we can back it up with another good result.
"We've got a good run of games where hopefully we can win some games, so we'll see how it goes.
"I don't think it was the greatest game in the world against QPR, but it's important we make it hard for teams who come here, and we did that."
Adam's £4m capture from Liverpool on transfer deadline day was seen as part of the evolution in playing style Tony Pulis is trying to bring about this season.
The 26-year-old played in "the hole" behind Peter Crouch on Saturday, but also on the right and then left of midfield as City tried to get the better of Rangers in a cagey game.
Adam said he doesn't mind where he plays, and also played down the personal significance of his first goal for Stoke.
He added: "It's nice to get goals, but the most important thing is that this club keeps progressing.
"Being out on the pitch is where I enjoy it most, so I'll play anywhere for the team.
"This is a club moving in the right direction. It has been for the last five years, so hopefully I'll be part of something special this season.
"We have had a lot of tough games, but this is the league we're in. You're playing against the best players in the world, but it's a great league to play in.
"It's important we keep doing what we're doing and the results will come.
"Today probably wasn't our greatest performance, but we've dug in and managed to get the win."
Manager Tony Pulis was particularly pleased to see Adam get his first goal for the club.
He explained: "Charlie will score goals, but the longer it goes without scoring it becomes a bit of a monkey on your back.
"That's been the case with Charlie. But he took the goal ever so well and he showed real quality. It's lovely for him to score and lovely for us to get the three points with him scoring.
"He's a midfield player who scores goals and we haven't got many midfield players who score goals, so you're hoping he would do that for you."