Upson reserves praise for Pulis

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Matthew Upson says he is completely content at Stoke, with the summer signing crediting Tony Pulis with running a tight ship at the club and making everyone’s jobs and ambitions perfectly clear.

Stoke currently sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League table, and have collected 12 points from eight matches.

And as the side prepare for a tough week ahead, with a Europa League match up and Arsenal and Liverpool back-to-back domestically, Upson says that Stoke have the organisation to be able to meet the difficult schedule head-on.


“I am exceptionally happy here, and everything about the club suits me down to the ground. In many ways, it is such a simple football club,” he said.

“By that, I mean it is straightforward. Everybody knows what they are doing, everybody knows what they are supposed to do, everybody does what they are supposed to do.

“A lot of that stems from the manager. He has the knack of getting the best form everyone. It is a combination of his personality, attitude, decision-making and the ability to recruit the right kind of characters.”

Upson made the move to Stoke from West Ham in mid-August, and the 32-year-old says that although he hasn’t been fully satisfied with his start to the season, after settling in he’s improving.


“I made a slow start, because of waiting for my transfer, and I am playing catch up,” he explained.


“I’m getting there now, but, even so, I know you have to remain at the very peak of your game, if you want to stay in this team.”

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