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Chairman stands behind Pulis

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has defended manager Tony Pulis in the wake of criticism from some of the club's supporters.

Last Updated: 05/03/13 at 15:27 Post Comment

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Peter Coates: Believes Stoke's squad is the club's best yet during his r

City's only win since Boxing Day came against Reading last month, and even their usually fearsome home form has begun to suffer.

None of last season's top four won at the Britannia, but already in 2013 Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham have left victorious.

Pulis was forced to call for a "reality check" after that latest defeat, which came on the back of a 1-0 reverse at Fulham.

But Coates said: "We are clearly having a bad run and not playing well but I think these are fine margins.

"We did enough in the second half at Fulham to get something out of the game and I didn't think we deserved to lose against West Ham.

"If your team is not doing well, your crowd gets restive. It's no different in Stoke than anywhere else.

"Our current squad is the best we've had, and to me that represents progress. He (Pulis) has been here seven years and I think fair-minded Stoke supporters would think they were seven good years.

"Our worst finish in the Premier League has been 14th. We would like to finish higher, but this is a highly-competitive game and we are playing in the toughest league in the world."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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