Saturday, 20 October 2012

Paul Scholes Fears Stoke Will Be Inspired By Spurs Loss

Paul Scholes reckons Spurs win at Old Trafford is giving rivals a lift when they face Manchester United.
The veteran midfielder is still in shock at the way the Reds were beaten on their home turf by Tottenham on September 29.

And he fears the defeat means teams are not as scared when they run out at the Theatre of Dreams.
His theory is going to be put to the test today when Stoke come to town.

And Scholes said: "They probably will be inspired by 
 Tottenham, by the first 20 minutes especially.

"We can't let that happen again. Stoke have got some quality players now.

"They have had good players over the last couple of years, don't get me wrong, but I think they've stepped up even more now.

"It's a game we'll be hoping to win but it's one we know won't be easy."

The Potters are now a force in the Premier League having added the likes of Peter Crouch and former Red Michael Owen in the past 18 months.

Scholes adds: "It's a credit to Tony Pulis, to his players and his staff the way they have improved.

"I think in the first year or two after a club is promoted it's always about survival. 

"But now he's taken Stoke up to a level where we just don't expect them to be down struggling near the bottom these days.

"I don't think anybody expects that with the quality of players they've brought in. 

"They're more likely to be at least a top ten side, maybe even top six or seven. That's how far they've come."

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