Pottering about pleases Upson

The England international moved to the Britannia Stadium on a free

transfer but is yet to establish himself at the heart of Tony

Pulis’ defence. Indeed Upson started only his second league game

for the Potters on Saturday, but he helped them to a 2-0 win over

Fulham. And he insists he is delighted with how things are going

for him in the Potteries. “I am enjoying every minute here and the

event in the week was typical of the way all the lads join in with

whatever the club is doing,” said Upson. “The ethic of the club

suits me down to the ground. In many ways, it’s just so simple.

“Everybody knows what they are doing, everybody knows what they are

supposed to be doing, everybody does what they are supposed to do.

“A lot of that is down to the manager because he seems to know how

to get the best from everybody. “It is a combination of his

personality, attitude, disciplined approach and the ability to

recruit the right kind of characters.” The 32-year-old admitted his

late arrival in the summer meant he was a bit behind the rest of

the squad in terms of fitness. “I was playing catch-up with my

fitness when I arrived, so I knew it would be a bit of a battle –

you have to be at the peak of your game to get into this team

because the competition is terrific,” he said. “But while I’ve only

played a couple of Premier League games, with Europe and the

Carling Cup I’ve actually played seven games in as many weeks, so

like everybody in the squad I can’t complain about the way the

manager is rotating players. “We all know the weight of fixtures we

have got to play and it’s just enjoyable because whatever game it

is, the players on the pitch put everything into it. “People might

know how we play, but they all find out that knowing what Stoke do

and dealing with it are two different things.”