Stoke City: 'Fortress' Britannia not ready to fall just yet, warns goal ace Adam
CHARLIE Adam has warned visitors to the Britannia Stadium that Stoke won't give up their prized home record without a fight.
The Potters are unbeaten in their six league games at the Brit this season, and have conceded just one goal – in the 1-1 draw with champions Manchester City in September.
The unbeaten run stretches back to a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at a snowy Brit back in February, so tonight's visitors Newcastle United won't be expecting an easy game.
Adam has scored in City's last two home games, to secure 1-0 wins against QPR and Fulham.
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Newcastle won 3-1 at the Brit last season, but Stoke are not in the mood to be as generous again.
Adam said: "We are on a good run, but we have a tough game against Newcastle who have some good players, a good manager and a good squad.
"It will be tough, but they will be coming here knowing it's going to be a tough game for them too.
"We get great support here. The supporters are on top of you, and when we are at home we have to take advantage of that.
"Every club in this league wants to try to make their home ground a fortress. We try to make it difficult for teams and hopefully we can get the rewards at the end of the season."
Only Stoke, Manchester City and Everton are unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season.
Admittedly, their home form is in marked contrast to an away run which now stretches to 16 games without a victory.
However, Stoke produced arguably their best away performance of the campaign to draw 1-1 at West Ham last week before following that up with the win over Fulham.
City should have had more than Adam's goal to show for their dominance, but the Scot was just pleased to claim a result which leaves Stoke chasing a hat-trick of home wins tonight.
Adam said: "You need to win your home games at this level, and we have managed to win our last two.
"We probably could have won at West Ham too, but we lost an early goal in the second half which killed us a bit.
"But against Fulham I thought for 80 minutes we were excellent.
"We created a number of chances and hit the bar, and at this level you might be punished.
"Fulham came at us a little bit and we had some scary moments, but we defended well and were delighted with the three points."
Stoke are hoping Adam will provide the goals from midfield they have lacked during their previous four years in the Premier League.
He's up and running with two in the last two home games, but is keen to share the credit.
He points to Saturday's well-worked winner against Fulham as Steven Nzonzi released Ryan Shotton who produced a perfect cross for Peter Crouch to head into Adam's path.
Adam said: "We have good deliveries in our team and we have good players.
"We have an England centre-forward who has an unbelievable record at international level (22 goals in 42 games).
"When you are playing off that, you are going to get opportunities.
"It's good to score goals, but the team's performances are more important.
"In the last five or six weeks we have started to improve. We are getting better as we get to know each other's games.
"Whoever scores, we are delighted, but it was nice to have scored in the last two home games – and they were match-winners too."