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Beattie: No consolation breaking Stoke duck

James Beattie took little from his goal for Stoke City in their defeat at Tottenham this week.

"People will say it is good from my point of view that I scored my first goal for Stoke, but I came here to be part of a team that stays in the Premier League," said Beattie, who moved to the Britannia Stadium in a £3.5m deal from Sheffield United earlier this month.

"If my goals help to do that, then all the better, but I'd rather win 1-0 and someone else score."

Beattie insisted despite their Premier League travel sickness, the Stoke players remain positive about earning a second successive season in the top flight.

"I'm sure we'll win away this season and I wouldn't have come to Stoke if I didn't think they could stay up - that is the priority at the moment," stressed the 30-year-old former England international to The Sentinel, "The spirit of the lads is very, very good and we know it is going to be tough.

"We've only got a few games left to stay in the league, everyone knows what it is going to take and people are willing to do their fair share of work to achieve that."

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