Saturday, 27 April 2013

This Could Be Stoke's Best Season Yet, Claims Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis reckons Stoke's hellish season could still be their best yet! 

Pulis' struggling side may have only won twice in 2013 but that has not dampened Pulis' expectations.

A home win over Norwich today will take them to the safety mark of 40 points and give them hope of beating their best tally of 47 in the Premier League - set in 2010.

He said: "This season is the first dip we’ve had. We had a six or seven year climb and this is the first dip we’ve had.

"But if we have a good end to the season, we could still finish with more points than we’ve had in the previous five years."

Pulis has also hit out at his detractors' claims that Stoke fans are growing bored of his limited style of football.

He added: "I think we have made an effort to play a different style of football this season.

"I think we have played much better. We approach games in a much more positive way, than we have in previous seasons.

"We have brought in Steven Nzonzi who has been a better footballer, Charlie Adam has been a better footballer as well."

Pulis reckons he has struggled to find a winning formula this term though because of injuries to key men.

Winger Matt Etherington has struggled with back and hamstring problems, whilst defender Marc Wilson broke his leg.

He added: "The one we have missed the most this season is Matty Etherington and the balance on the left side.

"We have missed Matty more than anyone, Marc Wilson also broke his leg.

"So the two people we have had there for the last three years, when it has been our outstanding side of the pitch, I have not had that this year."

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