Diouf optimistic Stoke City can 'kick on' after Swansea City win

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The Potters ended an underwhelming run after picking just their fourth victory of the season, and the 29-year-old wants them to build on the result

After helping Stoke City end their winless run, Mame Biram Diouf is hoping they 'can get some more important points'.

On Saturday, Diouf netted the winner as Mark Hughes' men defeated Swansea City 2-1 to start the busy December on a positive note.

The Potters' last victory in the English Premier League came in October - against Watford - as they endured dreadful outings last month, picking just two points from a possible 12.

“Hopefully this is going to kick on our season, and we can get some more important points,” Diouf told club website.

“I love the fans and that win was for them as much as we needed it for ourselves.

“It’s great when you score a goal, and you can hear them getting behind you. For as long as they are behind us, we will always try to do our best and win games.

“We have a difficult game now next week. Let’s try and kick on from today and try and get the result.”

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After playing the larger part of midweek's 3-0 loss to Liverpool as a striker after a switch from the 3-5-2 formation where he features as a right wing-back, Hughes opted to start against Paul Clement's side with a 4-4-2.

And Diouf, continuing in attack alongside Peter Crouch, was pleased.

“It is always easier when there are two strikers up front because you can link up and play together and when you are with Crouchy up top, you know you are going to get that second ball.

“I am a striker; it is what I am there to do so hopefully I will get more chances to do that after today. It is good to get the opportunity to play up front, and I will continue to work hard."

Alongside Xherdan Shaqiri, Diouf is Stoke's joint highest goalscorer this season with four goals from 15 appearances in all competitions.

They are placed 13th in the English top-flight standings with 16 points from 15 games played.

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In their next encounter, the 29-year-old will aim to help the Potters negotiate their way past a less impressive Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on December 9.

 

 

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