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Kightly displays defensive ability

19 September 2012 17:39

Stoke attacker Michael Kightly has revealed that he has been playing more defensively than he would have liked since joining the club.

Stoke have drawn all four of their Premier League games so far, having hosted Arsenal and Manchester City as well as trips to Reading and Wigan.

And while the winger - who was signed from Wolves - has acknowledged a conservative approach is sometimes necessary, he is excited to attack more in the future.

"I am having to play a bit more defensive than I would like," the 26-year-old told reporters.

"But we have had a tough start with our games and sometimes you have to do that for the team.

"We've played top sides at home and played at Wigan where they play a different system."

Tony Pulis' men face more tough tests against the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in their next four fixtures, before a run of easier games in which the Englishman hopes his team-mates can express themselves.

The midfielder added: "Hopefully, against the so-called lesser teams at home we can be a bit more free-flowing and attacking.

"When the big clubs come, you know you aren't going to have as much possession and their full-backs play advanced, so if you don't track them back they will punish you.

"You are thinking about their full-back and stopping him scoring rather than thinking of getting past him to create a goal."

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