Delap shows no sentiment

McCarthy gave long-throw specialist Delap his international debut
when Republic of Ireland manager in 1998. Then eight years later
McCarthy was boss of Sunderland when he signed Delap from
Southampton. Stoke will push Wolves nearer to relegation from the
Barclays Premier League if they win tonight’s re-arranged clash.
But all Delap is focused on is lifting the Potters past the
40-point mark and towards safety. Delap said: “I’ve got a lot of
time for Mick but he knows what football is all about. “He is a
great manager and I appreciate what he has done for my career. “But
there is no sentiment in football when it comes to situations like
this and he will be exactly the same.” Delap believes one more win
could prove sufficient to guarantee a fourth successive season of
top- flight football for Stoke. He said: “We all know what we’ve
got to do. We are still not safe. “The way things are going, it
looks like it is going to be 42-43 points to be safe. “Since we’ve
come into the Premier League, we’ve wanted to try and progress
every year.” Stoke boss Tony Pulis is adamant Stoke becoming
established as a Premier League club is more important than
possible FA Cup glory next month. He said: “We are absolutely
delighted that we’ve got to an FA Cup final. It’s an absolutely
brilliant achievement by the club. “But the priority will always be
the Premier League. “That’s where we want to play and, the longer
we are in the Premier League, the club will grow because it will
give us the finances to make it a stronger club. “We are in the
black, we have just built a brand new training ground, we are
investing into other areas of the football club we would have never
dreamt of if we hadn’t got into the Premier League. “The Premier
League is the food and drink and the icing on the cake is the cup
competitions. “We have five more games to go and we’ve said all
along we have to try to get as many points as we can from the games
left.”