The Potters boss hopes that his side can turn around their recent run of poor form against West Brom this weekend, whom they have beaten in nine of their last 12 meetings
The Potters have won jsut one game since the turn of the year but face West Brom on Saturday, against whom they have won in nine of their last 12 meetings.
However, the 55-year-old is wary of the Baggies, pointing out that such a good run invites increased pressure to continue the trend.
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"We just haven't had the breaks. We seem either to shoot ourselves in the foot or things happen during the game that on another day could go for you.
"We've got a group of players who go out there every week and do their best and that's all you can ask for. We need a couple of breaks.
"We've been on a bad run but, if we can get back to what we were doing on our great run, then we can end up having a great end of the season and that's the way you've got to think.
"There's enough people out there thinking negative so within the group you have to stay positive."