Stoke City: Time to be positive, says Jack Butland (video)
STOKE City goalkeeper Jack Butland has called on his team-mates to lift their chins off the floor in time for Saturday's home clash with West Brom.
But the 20-year-old is certain they will have their minds on the job as they return to training today after Sunday's heartbreak at Newcastle.
Butland, who was loaned back to Birmingham after signing for Stoke in January, was full of sympathy after the Potters were beaten by a 92nd-minute goal to make it one win in 10 matches.
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"It was my birthday on Sunday so I didn't get to see the game," said the England keeper, "but I felt for them when I heard the result.
"It was just unfortunate to concede so late on.
"The lads have been fantastic defensively this year and they will put what happened to the back of their minds now.
"There's only one focus now and that's the next game. They will be raring to go on Saturday."
Butland is frequently popping in to train to get to know his new colleagues, and says he feels like a Stoke player now.
Butland, who appeared at the latest City 7s presentation for young fans at the Britannia Stadium last night, said: "I feel very lucky to be here and to have the chance to come in and train a couple of days a week.
"That's helping me feel part of the team."
He said it was vital he carried on playing regularly, so remaining at Birmingham until the end of the season was ideal after signing for an initial £3m.
"We felt it was the right thing to continue my development," he explained.
"It works out well for all sides and was the sensible option."
His prospects of being Stoke's number one next season depend largely on whether Asmir Begovic attracts an acceptable bid from one of the Premier League's biggest clubs.
Butland, who could go back out on loan if Begovic stays, said: "His shot-stopping, decision-making and presence has been solid all season.
"That is why there has been so much talk about him."