The Potters have not won since August, but have played the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks.
The manager told the club's website: "We've had a hard period. We've played nine games now and have played a number of the top sides in the Premier League and we've only had four home games up to this point.
"It has been a difficult start in terms of the fixtures but as I've said all along I think performance-wise there have been very few games where I've been really disappointed with what we've produced.
"But we can't keep on saying that, at the weekend we need to get a positive result and that's what we'll look to do."
Stoke host Southampton tomorrow.