Next Game

Cologne v Stoke

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 14:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

Stoke 2 - 0 Singapore XI

Saturday, 18 July 2015, 11:00

Prem League Asia Trophy 3rd/4th Place Play-Offs

Pulis wary of deadly Fletcher

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has admitted that Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will prove to be handful for his defenders on Saturday.

Last Updated: 26/10/12 at 14:09 Post Comment

Steven Fletcher: Earmarked as dangerman for Stoke City on Saturday

Steven Fletcher: Earmarked as dangerman for Stoke City on Saturday

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Potters will host the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League and will have to confront the Scotland international, who has scored five of his side's six goals this season.

Pulis, who was interested in signing the 25-year-old in the summer, believes that Fletcher will have to be paid special attention in order for his team to bag maximum points.

"If you look at the records so far, with the goals he's scored, obviously he's going to be a danger," he said. "We might have tried [to sign Fletcher] but we've tried with a lot of players.

"But they've got good midfield players. If you look at Adam Johnson, [Sebastian] Larsson's very good off set plays. [James] McClean is good on the other side. [Stephane] Sessegnon can win games.

"They've got experience at the back so they're a decent side.

"They've got some very good players and he (manager Martin O'Neill) has got the basis of a very decent squad there.

"They're a bit like us. They need a couple of results and a couple of breaks just to get themselves moving. I see them as being, they are and will be, a very competitive Premier League side.

"We've enjoyed the season so far. It's been a tough start. We've played five of the first eight games away and two of our home games have been against Man City and Arsenal so it's been a very difficult start for us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company