'I didn't realise it was that bad!': Stoke City's Jon Walters targets improved away results
JON Walters has a confession to make about Stoke City's away record by admitting: "I didn't realise it was that bad."
Stoke head south to Fulham on Saturday with just one win from their last 22 Premier League trips.
But Walters says his ignorance over that statistic is proof that the players are not psychologically scarred going into away games.
"There's no barrier," he insisted. "We don't go into any game thinking anything except trying to get a result.
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"I didn't realise our record was so bad, so it would be something nice to improve on...well, we can only improve on it really."
Stoke's only victory in those 22 league trips came at West Brom in December, thanks to Dean Whitehead's goal, but that record does include nine draws.
Nevertheless, Walters acknowledged the desire to improve matters, especially for travelling Stoke fans.
"They spend a lot of money and they are working-class people, so it would be nice to give them a win on the road," he added.
"The majority of teams are stronger at home and we want to carry on making it as hard as possible for teams coming to the Britannia Stadium.
"But obviously you want to take that away with you as well because we get tremendous support and it would be nice to give them more wins.
"We've got to keep chipping away at that record and if we can keep our home form going, then we can have a good end to the season."
Walters believes a first-ever top-10 finish in the Premier League has to be the aim once they have pocketed the seven points they need to reach the 40-point safety target set by boss Tony Pulis.
He said a top-half finish was a highly-prized accolade because at least half-a-dozen clubs are virtually guaranteed to finish in the top 10 – leaving only three or four places up for grabs each season.
"A lot of people go into holiday mode, but we have got to carry on and keep our minds right on it until the end," he stated.
"I don't think anyone here will get complacent – and nor will they allowed to be.
"Hopefully we can finish our season nice and strong.
"Swansea are flying, West Brom are doing well, and won recently at Anfield, then there is ourselves in 10th and having to keep on pushing those around us."
STOKE fans are reminded that 'Early Bird' season-tickets for 2013/14 go on sale today at this season's prices, but only until March 20.
Fans will be able to watch games for as little as £344, or £18.10 per game next season.
They will also be granted the chance to purchase two matchday tickets for £10 apiece for a designated game by way of a thank you gesture.