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Away form concerns Diao
12 Mar 2009 - 15:18:55
Stoke City midfielder Salif Diao believes the club's poor away record is starting to become a mental problem.
The Potters remain outside the relegation zone despite failing to win any of their 14 Premier League matches away from the Britannia Stadium so far this season and face a tough trip to Everton this weekend.
However, Diao is looking forward to the Goodison Park clash, saying: "Everton is a fantastic ground to play at. When you go there you know you are going to get a hostile atmosphere, which is something I really like.
"You feel like you are on a mission behind enemy lines. It's really exciting and you want to defend yourself.
"We haven't got a good record away from home, but with the team spirit we have I think we can get points.
"Our problem is mentally. When you compare our performances at the Britannia with those away from home, you see a completely different team.
"It is like when we went to Aston Villa. In the first half and the second you saw different teams. It is up to us, as players, to take responsibility and believe."