Promotion-chasing Stoke are one of the Championship sideâ€™s most difficult teams to play and manager Tony Pulis has done an excellent job of rebuilding the Stoke City side.
Tony Pulis – has done a great job at Stoke City so far
Sam spoke about Stoke City and Tony Pulis today to the Newcastle Journal:
â€œTony Pulis has built up an experienced squad of players from the Premiership,â€ â€œThey are big, powerful and physical. They nearly got to the Premiership last season and want to get there this time.”
“Itâ€™s a difficult game but we know what weâ€™re facing. We will have to deal with lots of aerial stuff and convert our own chances.â€
â€œWe have to accept that is the way Stoke will play and they will play their best because itâ€™s the third round of the FA Cup and theyâ€™re playing Newcastle live on television.”
“Theyâ€™d love to have a big scalp so I think theyâ€™ll play above themselves. We canâ€™t afford to get knocked out as we want to have a good cup run.â€
Stoke are currently 4th top of the Championship, on 43 points from their 26 games and are just 4 points off joint leaders West Bromwich Albion and Watford.Â At home they have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 3 and their home and away records are almost identical. Stoke have picked up 21 points from their 13 games on the road this season.
It should be a good close game tomorrow, and of course it’s being televised live around the world. And we are at least due a little luck sometime soon. Maybe we’ll get some of that odd commodity tomorrow, we may need it.
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