Pulis vows to remain grounded

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is wary of getting too carried away by his side's positive first half of the season in the Premier League.

The Potters are currently in tenth place, as Pulis' men seek to build on a positive first season back in the English top-flight.

He said:"I hope to God we get enough points to stay up and I'll speak about it at the end of the season, because there are lots of things that happen that affect everything.

"But the second season is unique. I've spoken to managers about it, two in particular and what is happening is exactly what they said it would be like.

"You don't realise the degree at which it does happen, but it is definitely different.

"The first half of the season has gone and now you are looking at the second half – you can't predict what is going to happen.

"It is that tight and that tough. I just want 40 points and people can then buy me a nice glass of wine.

"We're now tenth in the league at the halfway stage and if you had given me that before the season started, then I would have taken it."

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