Stoke summer buy Sidwell comments on 'hair-raising' atmosphere at the Britannia

Stoke City's Steve Sidwell has praised the atmosphere that the club's fans created on his full home debut.

Stoke City's Steve Sidwell has praised the atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium on his full home debut.

Sidwell played 90 minutes against West Ham United at the weekend and he was able to experience the famous atmosphere first-hand. 

Although the Potters let a 2-0 lead slip in the match, the supporters still creating a deafening atmosphere in the ground and Sidwell says that if those noise-levels are kept up the side will deliver victories. 

"I said to the lads afterwards that when we went two-up and the crowd got behind the team it was phenomenal. It raised the hairs on the back of my neck," he said to the Sentinel

"The noise was incredible and if they keep backing us like that we won't be short of displays and wins."

So far things haven't gone according to plan for Sidwell since he joined from Fulham this summer.

The central-midfielder was in fine form for the Cottagers last year, but he has not been given much of a chance by Mark Hughes so far

Most his appearances have came as a substitute, after he has failed to impress enough to dislodge some of the Potters current options in that area. 

He will be hoping that he has done enough to impress this weekend, though, despite his side's failure to hold on to a victory.

Stoke have made an encouraging start to the season, but there is certainly room for improvement and Sidwell will be aiming to play a more influential role for his new club as the campaign progresses.

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