Glen Johnson says Stoke City’s win at Aston Villa on Saturday was reward for some promising performances in recent weeks.
Marko Arnautovic’s strike earned Stoke a 1-0 victory at Villa Park, a third straight success for Mark Hughes’ side.
Stoke had failed to win any of their opening seven games but have now beaten Fulham in the Capital One Cup and sealed victories against Bournemouth and Villa in the Premier League.
Johnson, who set up Arnautovic for his second-half strike, feels Stoke are now starting to pick up the results their performances have warranted.
“We’ve played well in the last few games and probably not picked up as many points as we should have done,” he told Stoke Player.
“We go into every game searching for the win, we got that and it is now something to build on when we come back from the international break.
“We had to dig deep late on, but that was always going to happen when they’re fighting for the game and throwing everybody forward.
“The lads were brilliant. We all put in a shift and at times played some very nice football.”