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Whelan wants Stoke to build on wins

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan hopes the club can develop some real momentum heading into the second half of the season after rounding off 2014 with back-to-back wins.

The Potters secured successive Barclays Premier League victories for the first time this term by following up their 1-0 Boxing Day triumph at Everton with a 2-0 home defeat of West Brom on Sunday, Mame Biram Diouf notching both goals.

The Staffordshire outfit - currently 11th - found some impressive form in the second half of last season that saw them finish ninth, their highest final position since their promotion in 2008.

And with a similar achievement the target for this campaign, Whelan has stressed the need for Stoke to get some consistent success together once again.

"We all said after (the West Brom game) that we've played better and got beaten," the 30-year-old said.

"We weren't particularly good at times but we were able to grind out a result 48 hours after the Everton clash, which was always going to be difficult.

"We've got 25 points now but everyone will hold their hands up and say it's been a bit stop-start.

"If we can get it going like we did in the back half of last season hopefully we can push up the table to where we want to be.

"The last couple of games have been great. Two massive wins and two clean sheets, so let's kick on from there."

Stoke's next match is the New Year's Day home clash with Manchester United - a fixture they won 2-1 in February last season.

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