The players avenged a narrow opening day loss to the Red Devils at Old Trafford by winning last Sunday’s return match 3-0 at White Hart Lane.
Now, after letting slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with the Potters in our second fixture of the campaign back in August, not to mention the 3-0 defeat we suffered at the Britannia Stadium towards the end of last term, defensive midfielder Eric is keen for us to right another wrong when we meet Mark Hughes’ men again on Monday night.
“It was a tough time last year away at Stoke and we dropped points against them at the start of the season so obviously we’re looking to put that right,” said the 22-year-old.
“When you look at those early games now, they’re the matches I look back on with great disappointment to be honest. From a winning position against Stoke, 2-0 up at home, that’s the sort of game we should be winning and it’s one of the few games this season that I look back on with bad feelings.
“I think with the Manchester United game last week we put one of the scores we had to settle right so hopefully we can do that again this week.”
Eric scored our first goal of the 2015-16 campaign when he headed home in the first half against the Potters on August 15, kick-starting a fine season for him on a personal level.
Having since played and scored for the senior England side and chipped in with four goals at club level, starting all bar one of our Premier League fixtures so far this term as well, he says he’s happy with his progress but remains fully focused on the run-in after what he confirms has been “a great training week.”
“It was a nice moment for me to start off the season, getting underway with a goal,” he reflected. “Obviously I was really happy with that and then to have kicked on from there is really nice.
“We’re looking at this week’s game now, though, and looking to win. We’ve had a great week in training since the United game, everyone’s been working very hard all week so we’ll take that into the game on Monday and look to pick up the three points.”