Pulis pays Beattie tribute

12 March 2009 10:38
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has paid tribute to James Beattie following the striker's five goals in seven games which have edged the club out of the relegation zone.[LNB] The Potters had adapted well enough to life in the top flight following their promotion last season, but prior to the arrival of Beattie in the January transfer window lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.[LNB]A £3.5million fee prised the one-time England cap away from Sheffield United and it already looks to be one of the bargains of the season, as Beattie has proved a revelation in red and white.[LNB]Cutting edge"James settled here straight away and scoring early goals certainly helped in that respect," said Pulis.[LNB]"Doing so well so soon has got the supporters loving him and he's a tremendous character to have around the place.[LNB]"He's larger than life and his personality has lifted everybody here, both in the dressing room and out on the field."[LNB]Beattie returns to one of his former clubs at the weekend as Stoke travel to Everton. [LNB]While he would love to score at a ground where he never showed his true ability, Pulis insists the game is about the club rather than individuals.[LNB]Pulis added: "I'm sure James would tell you it's about Stoke City and not just about him.[LNB]"He's been a bargain so far and we've been delighted with him, but there are still 10 games to go. If he scores another five or six goals, that would be fantastic.[LNB]Goodison return"James and the rest of us are under no illusions about how difficult Saturday's game is going to be for us.[LNB]"It's going to be one of the toughest fixtures we've got left. Everton are a very powerful team and they've also got the ability to play against the more silky sides.[LNB]"It adds up to a great blend and David Moyes continues to do a great job there."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports