Peter Crouch has insisted that Stoke are moving in the right direction, and the striker admitted he was glad to score his first goal early on for the club so he can concentrate on helping the team work their way up the table.
Crouch broke Stoke’s transfer fee record with his move to the club on deadline day, costing Tony Pulis a reported fee of £10 million. And the striker showed his worth against Manchester United, scoring to take the Potters to a 1-1 draw with the title leaders.
And the England international said he felt relieved to have clocked up two goals for the Potters, with the other coming in Stoke's 2-1 win over Besiktas in the Europa League, and is looking forward to scoring more goals as the side aim to reach the heights of European football again this season.
"You obviously want to get the first one out the way early, which I've done," he said.
Crouch cited Stoke’s good record against the big clubs as a confidence boost for the squad so far this season, with many games to go at Britannia Stadium, the club’s fortress, where no opposition likes to travel too.
"We've played Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United and got five points out of those games,” he explained.
"We've still got a lot of teams to play at the Britannia and, while to lose a couple away from home has been frustrating, I feel I have joined a really good club, a club on the up."
Stoke face Fulham at Britannia Stadium this Saturday, and then have a tough schedule ahead, with a Europa League match up against Maccabi Tel-Aviv followed by Arsenal at the Emirates within four days.