Pulis considering shake-up
Tony Pulis is considering changes ahead of Stoke's crunch FA Cup clash with West Ham on Sunday.
Last Updated: 09/03/11 11:11am
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is considering changes ahead of his side's crunch FA Cup quarter-final clash with West Ham on Sunday.
The Potters go into the last eight tie on the back of a 3-0 reverse to the in-form Hammers at Upton Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
Keeper Thomas Sorensen, who has played in every game in the FA Cup run so far, will replace Asmir Begovic between the posts.
But Pulis is also considering whether to recall Andy Wilkinson and Danny Higginbotham at full-back among other changes.
The Stoke boss told The Sentinel: "I've got an open mind on what we do and what we don't do on Sunday.
"Of course, those players come into the equation, along with one or two others, but for the moment the only change for definite is Thomas in goal.
"That is no reflection on Asmir (after he gifted West Ham their opening goal at Upton Park on Saturday) that would have happened anyway.
"Asmir is going to be a fantastic goalkeeper, but even young players with talent make mistakes.
"Thomas, meanwhile, will give us massive experience."
The Stoke squad were given a boost ahead of the tie at the Britannia Stadium with a trip to a go-karting circuit on Tuesday after being given the day off from training.
Pulis added: "It's something we arranged last week. This is a long week as we play on Sunday and it can do the lads some good to relax a bit.
"You're not going to change their physical fitness at this stage of the season, but mental fitness can be an issue. Hopefully, this will help."