Stoke City v Newcastle United: Charlie Adam should be an example to team-mates, says Dave Kemp
STOKE City are under orders to look like proper Charlies when they go gunning for goals against Newcastle United.
Charlie Adam has been their only scorer in back-to-back 1-0 wins at the Britannia ahead of tonight's Premier League clash (7.45pm).
And now the rest of City's line-up are being urged to copy the Scotsman's exploits to try to avoid the stressful finishes accompanying those victories over QPR and Fulham.
"I'm not complaining about winning 1-0, but I think our play warrants us winning by more goals," said assistant manager Dave Kemp.
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"Charlie's two finishes have been very good, just the type of thing we are looking for.
"We just want to see chances being finished off.
"I think we have been a bit slack this season, and if we are going to have shots then we have to get more on target and make the goalkeeper work.
"We had 14 shots against Fulham, but only two were on target. You can't keep claiming bad luck if you're not hitting the target and letting the opposition off the hook.
"Even the games we have won have been tighter than they should have been.
"We want to push on, make ourselves better and harder to beat by scoring more goals."
Kemp said Adam's scoring feats were just a slice of the repertoire he can bring to Stoke's evolving line-up.
"He adds something different because he's a bit more unpredictable," Kemp continued.
"And as he integrates into the team he will get better.
"When we went to the FA Cup final we had wingers in Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington, but we were a bit of a one-trick pony.
"But now we can play with wingers, or with Charlie through the middle. It gives us a different way of going about it."
But Saturday saw a throwback to Stoke's old style of launching high balls into the penalty box, drawing a reference to their rugby-sized players from Fulham boss Martin Jol.
But Kemp insisted: "We are used to that. People come with pre-conceived ideas and that works to our advantage because they are taken aback by the quality of our play."
Stoke are expected to show few if any changes this evening after enjoying a four-day break since the Fulham win.
Andy Wilkinson is missing for a second successive game, but the club is hoping his back injury is not as serious as first feared after studying scans.
Newcastle could be without up to 11 senior players, but defender Fabricio Coloccini is back from a three-match ban.