Stoke City: Geoff Cameron eyes West Brom draw as a good result
GEOFF Cameron said Stoke have to view Saturday's goalless draw against West Brom as a good result as it at least stopped a run of three successive defeats.
The Potters have just one win in their last 11 league games, and there were concerns that their morale would be further dented by last week's last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.
However, that didn't look the case on Saturday as Stoke produced a battling performance against the Baggies, albeit one in which they created few chances.
Cameron, right, said Stoke will take consolation from the clean sheet and a decent performance.
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He said: "This is a good result. We would have preferred three points, but having lost these last couple of games, getting a point might give us a start to go on a little run. That's what we need."
Manager Tony Pulis has come under fire from some fans for City's poor run, but Cameron says the manager isn't to blame.
He added: "You go through these ups and downs. We were flying through Christmas, beat Liverpool at home and everybody was on Cloud Nine.
"Now we get all these bad bounces and unlucky things. That's especially when we go away and we actually do well, but like at Newcastle give up a goal in the 91st minute.
"That's just stupidity on our part, but also unlucky at the same time.
"We have to get luck our way again; we have to create chances and hopefully the bounces will go our way."
The United States international said there is no question of the players' heads dropping as they search for that elusive victory.
He said: "We have to stay positive; everyone in the locker room is there for one another and we are supporting each other.
"There is no sense in getting negative. Then the negativity runs throughout the locker room and then it relays onto the field.
"As long as we stay positive and have the right attitude, we will be fine."
Cameron praised the Stoke fans who were patient throughout Saturday's game. He added: "They gave us energy and a boost, for sure."
The point lifted City back up a place to tenth by Saturday night, although they dropped back to 11th on Sunday with Fulham's victory at Tottenham. Tenth would be their highest finish since promotion to the Premier League in 2008.
Cameron added: "Eleventh is still pretty good. We could have had a lot more points if we didn't lose through a mental mistake or something like that. But we are still there in the top half of the group.
"A point gives us a little bit of breathing room, but we have to take care of business when the opportunities come."
Cameron had an impressive game at left-back as Tony Pulis reshuffled to accommodate the return of Matthew Etherington after a back injury.
Ryan Shotton dropped from right-midfield to right-back while Cameron switched from right to left-back as Andy Wilkinson lost his place.
The Stoke back four looked solid while City also looked determined to press West Brom high up the pitch rather than let them dominate possession.
Cameron added: "We just tried to get up tight and not give them room to play. They had some time where they were keeping possession and we dropped back a little bit, but we got after them.
"Losing to Newcastle and giving up a goal in the 91st minute was a pretty big dagger to us. Some teams would let their heads down and not come back from that, but we showed we had a positive attitude. "
Stoke are likely to have to step up a notch in their next game though as they travel to an Everton side who defeated defending champions Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Cameron added: "Everton are a pretty good team who play pretty good football. We have to go there with a game plan and hopefully wreck it for them."