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.”