Sorensen eyeing top ten finish

12 April 2010 04:08
Thomas Sorensen has set his sights on Stoke finishing in the top half of the Premier League after they created their own slice of history.[LNB] Tony Pulis' side equalled their best top flight away run for 30 years when they fought out a goalless draw with Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.[LNB]It extended their sequence of games without defeat away from the Britannia Stadium to six and they have tasted defeat in just two of 14 league encounters in 2010.[LNB]Goalkeeper Sorensen has been a key part of that sequence after Stoke struggled on their travels during their first season back amongst the elite.[LNB]The Danish international said: "We've had three clean sheets in a row now. That is great for the team and we've picked up another point away from home, with another solid performance, and that is what we want.[LNB]"We've got 43 points so we are a win away from improving on our tally for last season. That is the first aim.[LNB]"Now we also want to see if we can finish in the top half of the table. That is the main aim for the last five games.[LNB]"I'm told we have equalled our best away run for 30 years and I think that is where we have improved this season.[LNB]"At home we have never struggled but, away from home last season, we just gave too much initiative to the other teams and sat back.[LNB]"Now we have grown in confidence, we take the game to teams away from home as well, and it is a great statement, that we haven't lost for six away games in a row."[LNB]Stoke's unbeaten sequence was never seriously threatened by Wolves who denied them any clear-cut chances.[LNB]But Sorensen admits matches where he is a virtual spectator for long periods are more difficult than when he is involved in the thick of the action.[LNB]He said: "It was a tight game. For 80% of the time, we were the most dangerous but they had a couple of chances at the end and could have snatched it.[LNB]"We kept Wolves quiet. We knew their game plan, to get the runners forward from midfield with Matt Jarvis coming inside. As long as we were tight, then it really wasn't a problem.[LNB]"The easy games are the ones where you are in action all the time.[LNB]"But the ones where you don't touch the ball for a long time, and know for just one split second you have to be ready, are the hardest games.[LNB]"The Wolves game was one of those but I thought we coped really well."[LNB]Stoke will have a say in the outcome of the title as they have to play Chelsea and Manchester United before the end of the campaign.[LNB]But, although the former Aston Villa keeper accepts Chelsea are current favourites, he is aware there could still be more twists and turns.[LNB]Sorensen said: "We have a difficult finish with Manchester United and Chelsea away.[LNB]"But we know we can have a say in the title race and that should be motivation enough to go into those games and give it our best shot.[LNB]"Chelsea are in the driving seat but it can turn so quickly. We will wait and see."

Source: Team_Talk