Stoke City but you will always respect them.

The Potters achievements within the Premier League continually get underplayed by the media, but you have to take your hat off to Tony Pulis who is set to guide Stoke to their fifth successive mid-table finish.

Tony Pulis has been happy this season, although feels that they rely on their home form a little too much:

The aim is to get as many points as we possibly can. We set a certain target every year and we are still short of that, but we have twelve games to go so it’s important that the players stay focused now because we’ve got a tough game at Fulham in a couple of weeks.

“Our away form, again, hasn’t been spectacular and we’ve relied on our home results, but that’s always the case as it’s very difficult to win away from home in the Barclays Premier League. We’re aiming for as many points as we can and it would be lovely to finish higher than we have before, but the most important thing is to get to that target we set.”

Stoke currently sit 10th in the table on 33pts, but Pulis won’t be satisfied until the Potters reach the 40pts safety mark:

Everybody says that if you can get 40 points then that’s good, there haven’t been many teams who have got relegated with 40 points. The safety valve really is the 40 point mark and if you can get there as quickly as possible then it really does take the pressure off.

“In many respects, this year has been an especially pressured season because you just do not want to miss out on that enormous windfall, and for me especially because I have such a great relationship with the Coates family, Peter, John and Denise who have put so much money into the football club. They are wonderful people who have done a wonderful job for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, so there has been some added pressure to make sure we get over the line.”

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