Tony Pulis is a realistic man. He knows that Stoke City can never take their Premier League status for granted. He also knows how hard he has to work to ensure his team continue the excellent form they have shown over the past couple of years.

This is why he is keeping his aims for this season as simple as possible. He says that despite sitting in 8th position after a home draw with Manchester City, the main target for his side is to ensure they remain in the top flight.

The Potters boss said: “I’ve always said that it was a three-year plan coming into the Premier League. If we maintain Premier League status for a third year, then we can really push on.”

As ever with teams like Stoke, the 40-point barrier is one they would like to pass as soon as possible. It is extremely rare that a team gets relegated with 40 points or more, after all.

The quicker they get there, the more chance they give themselves of a respectable top-half finish too. So, you can see why Pulis’ initial aim is to work towards survival.

There is no reason why they won’t achieve this either. At the very least, Stoke will finish fourth from bottom this season. They are an extremely difficult team to beat and have their own style, but with Sanli Tuncay, Kenwyne Jones and Matthew Etherington, they have some classy players too.

The whole squad will always work for each other, never give up on a result and consistenly wear their Stoke City Football Shirts with pride. The fans are always very vocal too and they have a team to be proud of.

This weekend they have a trip to Wigan to contend with as they look to consolidate their place in the top-half of the Premier League table.

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