Pulis: Potters ready to push on

The Potters had lost five successive games in all competitions

before holding off a Birmingham fightback to claim a 3-2 Premier

League victory with a late goal in midweek. Avoiding defeat

prevented Pulis’ men slipping into the bottom three but to maintain

the revival they must get a result against an improving Liverpool

side at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday night. With the likes of

Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard starting to find form, Pulis

could be tempted to play a restrictive game but he insists he is

committed to open football. Pulis said: “You are always looking to

maintain what you have started. We have wiped the sheet clean and

are looking to push on. “I just hope it is a good game again, as

good as it was against Birmingham and as open as it was, and there

are lots of goals – but we’ve got one more than Liverpool when the

final whistle blows.” Pulis accepts, however, that Liverpool could

be a tough proposition having finally started to put together a run

of results. Roy Hodgson’s men were in the relegation zone last

month but have pulled clear on the back of three successive wins

and a midweek draw at Wigan. “I watched them on Wednesday and in

the first half hour they were back to their best,” Pulis said.

“They played really well and had a couple of chances to make it

2-0. “They never did that but for Roy it’s three wins and a draw –

10 points out of 12 isn’t bad. “He will be very pleased with that

and will be looking to build on that. “They are a good football

team, they have got great players and it will be a tough game for

us.” Ricardo Fuller, this week hailed as one of the club’s greatest

ever players by chairman Peter Coates, hit a stunning goal against

Birmingham to underline the strength of his recovery from a

shoulder injury. But Pulis is now considering resting the Jamaican

to ease the pressure on his shoulder and Tuncay, who missed out in

midweek, could be recalled. Pulis therefore claims it is important

that a number of players can contribute in front of goal. “I would

like to see everybody get more goals,” he said. “I’m desperate for

all our players to score. We don’t want it to be just Kenwyne

(Jones), Ricardo or Tunny, or whoever the strikers are. We want to

share all the goals. “We don’t mind how they come, or where they

come from, as long as we get one more than the opposition.”