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Stoke squad watch last season's heroics ahead of Europa League clash

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04 Aug 2011 11:22:35

Stoke squad watch last season's heroics ahead of Europa League clash

Stoke City's players sat through a video montage of their ground-breaking season as Tony Pulis prepared them for a thorough test in one of European football's hotspots. Pulis put together a 10-minute clip, which included their first FA Cup final, to remind his squad they were fit to share a stage with Hajduk Split in the second-leg Europa League qualifier. On the box: Pulis (centre) sat through a carefully constructed video with his squad ahead of their Europa League clash His side hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg but Pulis felt it necessary to prepare for the fearsome 35,000 supporters who will pack the Poljud Stadium in Croatia. He said: 'We have decided to show the players the clips from last season, just to give them a bit of a gee-up. 'Mind you, the film is only 10 minutes long. The players all know what's on it and they are all hoping they are starring in it. But we can't run it for longer than 10 minutes because their eyes will start glazing over.'  Meanwhile, Pulis is prepared to bide his time in the transfer market if necessary. Spurs duo Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner are among those to have been linked with a move to the Britannia Stadium of late, while Cameron Jerome's name has emerged againafter Fulham manager Martin Jol confirmed yesterday he had had a bid for the Birmingham striker turned down. Potters bow: Pulis is hoping Woodgate will make his competitive debut With Stoke having made an offerfor Jerome earlier in the summer which was also rebuffed, it is thoughtthey may now rejoin the race to land the player. Pulis refuses to be drawn on the identity of his targets, though, and insists he will wait until near the end of the transfer window to make further signings if itseems the best thing to do. 'We'll do our business with the clubs and people might be surprised who we do eventually end up with,' Pulis said. 'We will improve the squad before the window closes. But we've always done our business later in the transfer window rather than earlier. Speculation: Nicklas Bendtner 'Wehave to make sure that we do our business at the right price - that is something that we have always maintained and something that we will always try to do. 'I think the closer you get to deadline day, there are better deals to be done with certain players.' Looking ahead to the European adventure, Pulis added: 'We've played at big stadiums for the past three years, and some of them can be pretty hostile. 'The big thing for us is that it is a new adventure and I don't think we should treat it in any other way. 'If our best is good enough, then brilliant and if it's not, so be it. But we must make sure we come here with no inhibitions whatsoever. 'Hajduk are a decent side and very good at home, so they know there is a challenge there - it is just about embracing that challenge.' Pulis will ask Jonathan Woodgate before kick-off whether he is ready to make his competitive debut for his new club. Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Jones, Walters.  Etherington boost for Stoke ahead of Europa League clashStoke target Spurs duo Crouch and Palacios for ?16m double swoopStoke encouraged in pursuit of Bendtner with striker eyeing Premier League stayAll the latest Stoke news, features and opinion


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