Pulis hails Potters support

04 March 2009 11:00
Tony Pulis has praised Stoke City's fans as inspirational behind the club's home form in the wake of their 2-0 defeat of Bolton at the Britannia Stadium. A goal in either half from James Beattie and Ricardo Fuller respectively ensured Stoke move out of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the Premier League, just one point behind Bolton. Beattie was instrumental in the comfortable win, scoring his fifth goal for the club in just his seventh game, but boss Pulis was also keen to highlight the importance of the home support. "He's (Beattie) been very very good since he's joined us, not just scoring goals but his attitude at the club has been first class and he's been very important for us" Pulis told sky sports. "The players have been fantastic at home this season but also the supporters again you see how much noise and the way they get behind the players is just fantastic and they kept us going again tonight. "They keep pushing the lads on and on, they've joined forces with the players. We've got 11 players on the pitch and really there's 28,000 in the stadium as well," he added. The win was Stoke's seventh at the Britannia Stadium this season, more than any of their relegation rivals, but Pulis insists the Potters must continue their home form if they want to stay up. "We've been very good at home and we've got to maintain that form now until the end of the season. But we're just delighted it's a great result against a very good team. "We've just got to make sure we build on it, we've got a tough game now at Everton, we know it's going to be a tough run in for us," he added. The win rounds off an impressive week for Stoke who came from two goals down at Villa Park to earn a point at the weekend, but Pulis was always weary of a Bolton fight back. "It's a great result for us, we knew it was going to be a difficult game. Bolton were on a good run of form but we matched them and made some good chances. "We know what we did with Aston Villa last week so when it was 2-0 so you can never take your foot off the pedal and like I say credit to Bolton they kept going, they do always put you under pressure," added Pulis.

Source: SKY_Sports