Experience the key for Pulis

The Potters remain unbeaten in the Premier League this term with
two wins and two draws from their four matches thus far and have
also qualified for the group stages of the Europa League. It is
their defensive form that has been particularly impressive with the
team having conceded just a solitary goal in their four league
encounters to date. To that end, Pulis believes the summer captures
of Woodgate and Upson have been crucial with the England caps
having added real know-how to his back line. “What’s been really
good is the fact that Woodgate and Upson have come in and done
exceptionally well,” Pulis told Sky Sports News. “Their experience
alongside Ryan (Shawcross) has been what we’ve needed. “We’ve got
two young players in the heart of defence, in respect of (Asmir)
Begovic and Shawcross, who are exceptionally good players and
sometimes last year we lacked a little bit of experience. “Huth is
a fantastic player, but Upson and Woodgate have got the experience
that we maybe didn’t have last year and we’ve got that now. “If you
look at the start of the season, I think one of the reasons we’ve
done so well is because we’ve had that cool, experienced head at
the back as much as anything else.” Meanwhile, the Stoke supremo
also rejected talk that his side’s good form could lead to their
players being targeted in the January transfer window. Pulis
insists there is no need for him to consider selling players and
neither believes that they would want to leave given the strides
being made at the Britannia Stadium at present. When quizzed about
potential interest in goalkeeper Begovic, he continued: “He
attracted bids last year, but we’ve been through that. “We, as a
club, think we’re moving forwards, it’s a good club for people to
be at – you’ve seen the players we’ve brought in and we’re not a
football club that has to sell players. “We don’t have to sell
players – that’s fact, so we’re hoping that Asmir, Shawcross and
players like that – we’ve got some exceptionally good young
footballers at this club – we’re hoping they see it that way too,
that they can realise their ambitions here and enjoy their
football, which I’m sure they do.”