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Pulis delighted by Stoke progress
Published : 10 Apr 2010 14:12:00
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is delighted with the achievements of his side this season and confident they will continue their improvement next year. Stoke are not in the slightest danger of relegation from the Premier League and they travel to Wolves on Sunday knowing a win will see them match last season's points tally of 45 points. Even if those three points do not come this weekend, it seems likely the Potters will better their tally from last season and Pulis is proud of the progress the club is making. He said: "I think it has been harder to manage this year. "To get the points we have got so quickly has been fantastic. To also get to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with the games we had to play is a great achievement as well. "We have got an identity at the football club and that is everyone works so hard. "We are competitive and don't make it easy for teams but we have got a little more quality this year than last. "If we can improve that again next year and just move nice and steadily, I expect we will keep progressing. "The club have sold over 20,000 season tickets for next year already. We are growing nice and steadily." Meanwhile Pulis has challenged Wolves - and the rest of the Premier League - to stop Rory Delap if they can. Few teams have found a successful way of coping with the tactic and two weeks ago West Ham resorted to installing extra advertising hoardings close to the touchline. It proved to no avail as Stoke left Upton Park with a victory and Pulis says he is not concerned if Wolves - or any other any club at any point - try the same trick. Pulis said: "Burnley were the first to do it and then West Ham did it. "It makes no difference, Rory can throw it from a standing position. He doesn't need a run-up, he showed that at Burnley and West Ham. "I am not going to tell clubs what to do on their own grounds. I don't expect anybody to tell us what to do at our place. "If they want to do it, they are entitled to."