Pulis hails away-day changes

Back in November Stoke were thrashed 5-0 at Bolton, having lost

4-0 at Sunderland earlier in the season.

In their subsequent five away games in the Premier League the

Potters have won at Everton, Wolves and Blackburn, drawn at

Liverpool on Saturday and lost only once, at Manchester City.

Jermaine Pennant is one of those to have found himself out of

the team during that five-game run – Pulis has preferred Ryan

Shotton on the right wing and started Rory Delap there at Anfield –

and Pulis believes his changes have had the desired effect.

“Apart from Sunderland and Bolton our away form has been the

best it’s been since we were promoted to the Premier League and one

or two changes that we have made since the defeat at the Reebok

have worked a treat for us,” he said.

“There were four or five occasions when we could have caught

them out when they were pushing men forward and if we want to

become a better team, we need to make better use of possession in

those circumstances.

“The quality is there but it is sometimes down to the effort

that the players put in when they are under that kind of

pressure.

“If we can pass the ball quicker through the pitch, then we have

the players who can take advantage of that.”