Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes there are lots of reason for optimism despite the recent negative headlines that have plagued the club.
The Potters bounced back from last weekend's humiliating 7-0 defeat at Chelsea by drawing 0-0 with Everton at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Since the Stamford Bridge loss, Pulis has criticised the attitude of players like Dave Kitson and Tuncay while there was also talk of a dressing room slanging match between Glenn Whelan and Abdoulaye Faye.
But the Stoke manager said:"There's been a lot of negativity around the place, so I was delighted with the response.
"This club was promoted two years ago and the two teams that came up with us have since been relegated. We've still got an excellent chance of improving upon last season's finish, the club is debt-free and we have an excellent new training facility.
"So this is a good place to be and we'll now be doing all we can in the summer to ensure that we can continue improving, but we must take small steps.
"I thought we played really well against a very good side who've been going well. We restricted them to a good quarter-of-an-hour and only a few chances, although they'll be disappointed that they had the goal disallowed."