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Beattie impresses proud Pulis
05 Mar 2009 - 10:19:08
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis believes the arrival of James Beattie could be crucial in the Potters' bid to avoid relegation this season.
The 31-year-old scored in City's 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday, his fifth goal in seven appearances for Pulis' side since his January transfer from Sheffield United.
The Stoke boss has hailed Beattie's impact at the club, saying after the game: "That's a smashing goalscoring record. But he's also a good team man who gets the players together.
"He's brought something else to the dressing room for us. He's a larger than life character and never stops messing about and laughing. He's a really decent lad around the place.
"This was a chance for him to get back into the Premier League and sometimes players of James's age and ilk need that next challenge to prove they can still play in the Premier League. That's one of the reasons we've gone and got him.
"It was a hard game, very difficult and very tight. We defended with our lives at times.
"Full credit to Bolton because they never stopped and they made it difficult. We had to match that and we deserved the win on the chances we created.
"We needed a performance from Thomas Sorensen because he let the first in at Aston Villa, which was a poor goal, but he's been smashing for us this season.
"We're pleased with our home form, but we've got to maintain that between now and the end of the season. Our supporters have stuck behind us all season and, when they come here, they don't stop."