Pulis aware of fringe benefits
Tony Pulis has hailed the attitude of those members of his squad currently on the fringes of the first team.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 12/12/08 3:17pm
Tony Pulis has hailed the attitude of those members of his Stoke City squad currently on the fringes of the first team.
The nature of modern football dictates that it is now essential to have cover in every area of the field, with the ever-increasing standards of the Premier League making this even more crucial for those in the top-flight.
This does, however, lead to a number of players kicking their heels on the sidelines as they wait for an opportunity to arise.
Frustration can mount as games come and go, but Potters boss Pulis insists he is yet to have anyone knocking down his door in search of an explanation for their continued exile.
"Everyone wants to play, but I can honestly say the attitude and commitment of all the players has been tremendous, whether they have played or not," he said.
"We've got a squad of really good lads and we don't have any big egos.
"When they haven't been picked, we haven't had people throwing their dummies about."
Pulis was also quick to pick out Glenn Whelan and Danny Pugh as two prime examples of players who are prepared to get on with their job with the minimum of fuss.
Both are back in contention at present, reaping the rewards for their patient approach to life at the Britannia Stadium.
"Danny and Glenn have been a credit to themselves and their profession. They have stayed positive around the place and been no trouble at all," added Pulis.
"They have rolled their sleeves up, worked hard and kept their chins up. That is very important because people who mope about can spread their feelings to others."
Stoke tackle Fulham on home soil this weekend and Pulis is expecting a tough test against the resilient Cottagers.
"Apart from the top three, Fulham have got the best goals against record in the league and we will have to squeeze every pip out of our team to get the result we want," he said.
"Fulham have also got good players like Jimmy Bullard and Danny Murphy who control and keep the ball well, and Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson have done smashing for them up top.
"The message I'm driving into my players is they will be in for a rude awakening unless they are right at the top of their game."