Pulis ready for survival scrap

Stoke manager Tony Pulis insists he is not shaken by the intensifying scrap for survival.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 14:17 Post Comment

Tony Pulis: Under pressure after just one win in 14 games

Tony Pulis: Under pressure after just one win in 14 games

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

A run of just one win in 14 games - with three defeats in a row - has left the Potters perilously placed just three points above the relegation zone.

Pulis has overseen steady progress since the club's promotion to the top flight in 2008 but insists he has the experience to handle this term's downturn.

Recalling the start of his first spell at the club, when safety in the second tier was still in doubt on the final day of the 2002/03 season, Pulis said: "If it means going right to the wire, it will go to the wire.

"It won't be the first time I have had to go there to get the job done.

"The first year, keeping the club up in the last game of the season against Reading was an enormous feat and an achievement that is underestimated by people.

"If we hadn't stayed up I'm not sure what position the club would have been in now. That was when the club was really on its knees and that was a massive game.

"But we are playing for bigger stakes now and we are desperately keen to stay in the Premier League."

Stoke travel to the apparently doomed QPR this weekend anxious to improve on an away goalscoring record that has seen them strike a paltry nine times and, with five goals conceded in the last two games, Pulis has multiple concerns.

"It has been both boxes where we have struggled," he added. "Lately we have given poor goals away and we have got to stop doing that.

"At the other end there have been games where we have had great opportunities and not taken them.

"You do struggle if you struggle in both boxes. We have got to eradicate that

and make sure we get the points we need to stay up. We need a break, we need to turn it around. We have to stick together."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

ndros f***ing Townsend, really Roy? ...was also by first thought. Followed closely by where have all the defenders gone? , and Jesus, that midfield looks weak .

al4monkey
England call-up for Clyne

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: No Sturridge rift with Liverpool, says England boss Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson insists there is no dispute with Liverpool after omitting striker Daniel Sturridge from the England squad.

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne and Jonjo Shelvey in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European Qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21: Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in Euro play-offs squad

Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been named in the England Under-21 squad for the Euro U21 playoffs.

Mail Box

Again, It's Football365 Being Racist...

'The worst piece of ill-informed PC garbage that I've ever read on the interweb' - that's Nick Miller's Rooney Rule column. The rest of the Mailbox is more fun...

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property