Stoke boss upbeat on survival hopes

Tony Pulis Stoke ManagerTony Pulis remains confident Stoke have what it takes to avoid relegation ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.

The Potters are three points clear of the drop zone but are without a win in six ahead of the visit of league leaders United.

Pulis has come under increased pressure due to Stoke’s poor form of late but the manager insists he can cope with the criticism.

Pulis remains confident that Stoke will avoid the drop as long as they focus on their own performances and not those of their relegation rivals.

“I think publicity-wise it is the hardest time I’ve had – but I have had tougher times with teams that haven’t been as good as this one, and you’ve had to eke out results,” said Pulis.

“But everything that goes with the Premier League is magnified and multiplied enormously. We have to concentrate on ourselves and not take too much notice of what is going on around us.

“You have got to stay focused and stay strong. I don’t get too up or too down in lots of respects.”

He added: “The problem we have had is results have not been good – performances have been decent.

“We have got to go into this game (against United) and give it our best shot. The good thing about Sunday is that everyone knows it is all hands to the pump.”

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