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Adam dedicates Stoke winner to late father

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam dedicated his matchwinner against Norwich City to his late father.

His effort was the first goal he has scored since his father, Charlie senior, died in December, so it was fitting that it was the goal that took his side to the magical 40-point mark and, bar horrendous misfortune, Premier League safety.

Adam said: "I've got a son of my own and you always look up to your dad. It's one of those things when you lose somebody like that it's an emotional time but for me the only chance of getting on with life is on the football pitch and I've managed to do that.

"It's been a tough time. At the end of the day it's the first goal I've scored since I lost my dad. When you get on the pitch it gives you a lease of life. It's just great to score a goal and when I'm on the pitch it's always about him."

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