Wilkinson offers boss backing

Andy Wilkinson claims Tony Pulis has the full backing of the

Stoke City squad despite their recent wobble.

The Potters entered 2013 looking to push on and cement a

top-half standing in the Premier League.

They have, however, collected just one win in 11 and are in

danger of being dragged into a basement battle.

Pulis’ men remain six points short of the 40-point mark which is

widely considered to be enough to secure top-flight safety.

Wilkinson insists Stoke are looking for much more than simply

survival, but concedes that they need to start piecing results

together.

“It’s always frustrating not getting those wins, but hopefully

we can get one soon enough and relieve the pressure,” he told Sky

Sports News HD.

“You would have to ask the fans what they are thinking, but

we’re all set. Our aim is to finish top-10, so the more results we

can get the better.

“The gaffer and the chairman have done unbelievable keeping the

club where we are in the Premiership and everyone’s fully behind

them.”