Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pulis stays grounded

Phil Medlicott

Stoke boss Tony Pulis vowed to keep his players working hard after the Potters' impressive start to the season continued at the Britannia Stadium.

The hosts hit the post through Rory Delap and saw their own crossbar rattled by John Arne Riise before Jonathan Walters broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, diverting Matthew Etherington's effort home. Delap then doubled their advantage seven minutes later, nodding in an Etherington free-kick.

The deserved win means Stoke have 12 points from their opening eight Premier League fixtures and sit in seventh place in the table.

Pulis is delighted with his team's progress but remains wary of complacency.

"It has been a great start to the season and we are very, very pleased," said Pulis. "But we know in football that it can change so, so quickly and we will just keep our feet on the ground and the players will keep working hard.

"We want the supporters to enjoy this period and really get behind the lads, and they have been doing that, so it is smashing at the moment."

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