Pulis: Fans have pushed Potters

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

Pulis has nothing but praise for the club's raucous supporters as they prepare to face Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday. Stoke may be the underdogs but go into the final showdown in a rich vein of form after only one defeat in nine games. Pulis said: "We have built a community club over the last five and a half years that the supporters have really grasped and taken us forward. "It has not been the players, it has not been the chairman or coaching staff, it has been the whole community that has done this. "The FA Cup is about dreams. I have watched City a couple of times and they are a very good side with excellent players. I am sure next year they will move up an extra gear. "They are an emerging force and we know what sort of task we are facing. But we are determined the players are relaxed and the supporters have a great day." Pulis will have a lump in his throat when he leads the team out after watching the showpiece occasion as a wide-eyed child growing up in Newport, south Wales. He added: "It will be very special. The FA Cup has been a massive part of my life. It is such a special day with great memories." Stoke have been scoring goals for fun in recent weeks and that is why Pulis is keen to have Matthew Etherington on board against City. The former West Ham winger is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury while defender Robert Huth is also doubtful with a knee problem. Huth limped off against Arsenal at the weekend - the only blip in a win that did wonders for the team's self-belief ahead of the meeting with City. Stoke have qualified for the Europa League next season as their opponents have already booked a place in the Champions League. Pulis is thrilled at the way they have opened teams up going into arguably the biggest game in the club's history. "We have been very free flowing in respect of scoring goals, " said the Welsh boss. The lads are full of confidence. "The last month we have been very pleased with (Kenwyne) Jones, (Jon) Walters, Jermaine Pennant and Etherington."


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