Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi said the Potters must keep their focus as the season draws to a close.
They are currently sitting in tenth place and with only seven games to go, they could eclipse their highest finish of 11th in 2010.
N’Zonzi, who has made 29 Premier League appearances this year, said he is aware it will not be easy for Stoke City to maintain their current position.
Speaking at the International Language day at the Co-Operative Academy in Tunstall, the French under-21 international said: “We have the goal to finish tenth – it will be hard but I think we can do it.
“It’s true when you say sometimes you can be going lazy and in training taking it easy.
“You have just got to carry on working hard.”
Stoke recorded only their second win away from home this season at the weekend, beating Midlands rivals Aston Villa 4-1 in a dominant display.
And N’Zonzi, who scored the third goal, said he was delighted at the victory.
He said: “This season has been really hard away from home. We just won one time against West Ham so the game against Aston Villa was different.
“It’s like we are playing with more confidence – on the ball and off the ball.
“Everybody’s working hard so it was a good performance and we have to carry on doing the same.”
Additional reporting by Thomas Lane