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Adam insists Sunderland victory did not influence Stoke

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam insists their performance in defeat to Manchester United was not influenced by Sunderland's derby win.

Stoke were dealt a blow before kick-off when Sunderland beat Newcastle to climb above the Potters, who are only three points above 18th-placed Wigan having played two games more.

Adam insisted the Sunderland result made no difference, saying: "We were in the mix last week and we're in the mix again this week.

"It's going to be tough but we need to show a bit of character. We've got the quality in the dressing room and we'll just hope for some kind of bounce between now and the end of the season."

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