Beattie focused on fitness
James Beattie is convinced the goals will start to flow once he puts his injury problems behind him.
Last Updated: 13/11/09 9:40am
Stoke striker James Beattie is convinced the goals will start to flow once he puts his injury problems behind him.
Beattie has been hampered by a couple of minor niggles this season and has only scored two goals in the Premier League.
He is working his way back to full fitness and believes he should be able to return to top form after a period of rest during the international break.
"The main aim at the moment is to get fit and stay fit, and if I do that I know I will score goals and perform well," Beattie told Sky Sports News.
"I am quite irritated but it is one of those things and hopefully with the two-week break we have now I can shake them off and go again."
The experienced striker hopes to feature next week against Portsmouth, although he is not expecting the warmest of receptions from the visiting supporters at the Britannia Stadium after spending a large chunk of his career with South Coast rivals Southampton.
"I was there for six years and I've played against Portsmouth a number of times and scored a number of goals against them, so the liking they have for me probably comes from my time at Southampton," he joked.
Beattie has been encouraged by Stoke's results over the past few months and feels they are on track for a decent campaign.
"I think we'll be quite happy with the start we've had and I think 16 points at this stage is around a point and a half a game," he said.
"That would give us around 55 points which I'm sure the gaffer and the lads would be happy with."