Stoke City: No Potters panic, says assistant boss Dave Kemp
STOKE City's hierarchy insist they are not losing any sleep over a run of just one win from their last 16 Premier League games.
The barren sequence stretches back to the start of March – since when they have only beaten relegation-bound Wolves.
Manager Tony Pulis admits some players may have switched off slightly towards the end of last season.
And now assistant Dave Kemp says the club's run of fixtures, plus current form, means there are no serious concerns ahead of Saturday's visit of Swansea.
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Six of those 16 fixtures came against Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea, while Stoke have lost just four of those 16.
"The fact is, we have been playing well and playing against top teams," said Kemp.
"It's not as though there have been any horrendous displays. As long as the performances are there, the results will come.
"Even our fiercest critics are starting to grudgingly give us some praise, especially against Chelsea when a few sat up and took notice of us."
Kemp admits he is frustrated by the kind of diving Stoke have witnessed against both Manchester City and Chelsea.
Referee Michael Oliver booked Chelsea's Oscar for diving on Saturday, but another three similar incidents in the Stoke area went unpunished.
"Referees also complain about the diving," Kemp observed, "but they sometimes don't help themselves when they don't give free-kicks against offenders.
"We try and play the game the right way. We won't be changing our policy."
Kemp is hopeful skipper Ryan Shawcross will benefit from John Terry's decision to retire from international football.
"I am sure he is in the England manager's thoughts and will have moved up one place in his pecking order," Kemp said.
"He is playing well on the big stage against big teams and that's surely going to catch somebody's eye."
Charlie Adam is back in training after being substituted after an hour at Chelsea because he was feeling under the weather.