And England’s No.2 keeper says he’ll be more more than happy if they stay the team nobody mentions.
Three League wins on the bounce has seen Mark Hughes’ men ghost into seventh spot, just four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
And with The Potters traditionally strong finishers to the season, Hughes and his men are emerging as the real dark horses.
Butland said: “We’re getting there. There’s still a long way to go but we’re going about our business nicely and trying to win games.
“We’re not getting carried away, we’re nicely tucked in there. There are still a lot of good teams around us.