Sorensen eyes final appearance

BY foxsports • April 11, 2011

Sorensen has never previously played at Wembley but he has plenty of big-game experience to call upon following two trips to World Cup finals and 13 years in the Premier League. Sunday's clash against Bolton will be Stoke's first FA Cup semi-final for 39 years but Sorensen is determined the story will not end there. Tony Pulis took his players down to Wembley last Monday to give them a taste of what it will be like, and Sorensen said: "The semi-final for me is only a step towards the final. That has to be the emphasis this week. "A lot is made of it, going to Wembley and all that, but at the end of the day the winners on Sunday don't get a trophy so that should be in our minds. "It shouldn't be a day out. I'm going to do my best to be an experienced player and try to pass that on because it's not the end." Stoke have finished on the losing side in each of their three previous appearances in the semi-finals, but Sorensen knows the draw, which also pitted Manchester United against Manchester City, has presented them with a great opportunity this time around. Bolton, who last reached the FA Cup final in 1958, sit five points and four places above their rivals in eighth place in the Premier League table but recent results offer little indication of who might come out on top. Both teams have won their home games this season while their previous Premier League clashes have resulted in two victories for Bolton, one for Stoke and one draw. Sorensen added: "It's a fantastic chance for everyone. We could have had United or City, which on paper would have been a harder game. I don't think you'll ever get a bigger chance of reaching the final and I think you need to make the most of it." Saturday's Manchester derby is likely to receive most of the coverage this week with Stoke and Bolton both having to suffer criticism over their style of play at some stage. Sorensen, though, has shrugged off the criticism. He said: "Let's go and surprise people. There's obviously different ways of playing football and as long as we're successful I'm not really that bothered. "Bolton are at a similar stage to us. We've definitely changed since we came into the Premier League and under Owen Coyle Bolton have changed. "We still have a great option with Kenwyne Jones and John Carew, and they have Kevin Davies, which they use from time to time and with great success - and why throw that away? We've added to it and I think Bolton have as well."


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