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Pulis rallies beaten Potters

15 Mar 2009 - 11:16:23

Manager Tony Pulis has rallied his Stoke City players by reminding them that Premier League survival is still very much in their own hands despite losing 3-1 at Everton.

The Potters were 2-0 at half-time on Saturday and, although Ryan Shawcross reduced the arrears in the second half, they conceded again and were well-beaten on the day.

The defeat saw Stoke slip back into the relegation zone, but afterwards Pulis attempted to rally his players by looking for the positives.

He said: "It was disappointing as we didn't throw any punches until the second half. We didn't take the game to them and looked laboured - that's the nicest way to put it.

"But after the break we showed a lot more spirit, the goal helped and we made them nervous.

"We had chances and could have scored again. But we cannot wait until we are 2-0 down every game before we start to fight back.

"We know we are now in the bottom three, but survival is in our own hands.

"If we can win an away game somewhere, it will take a lot of pressure off everyone. I believe we have to win one away from home minimum."


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