Stoke City have divided opinion with their football philosophy since arriving in the Premier League in 2008.

They might not play the prettiest game, but have certainly been effective during their five-year tenure in England's top division, growing in stature throughout that period.

Potters boss Tony Pulis insists his side’s approach can take them even further however, and has no plans to change the methods that have served his side so well thus far.

Pulis told Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball: "We still try and play through the pitch as quickly as we can and we still try and back it up as quickly as we can - that will never change.

"We have a certain identity, we’ve tried to sign players who fit that identity and we mustn’t get away from that because it is an approach that has taken us so far and can take us even further."

However, Pulis recognises securing Premier League safety is always the number one priority at the start of each season.

"Everybody says that if you can get 40 points then that’s good, there haven’t been many teams who have got relegated with 40 points,” he added.

"The safety valve really is the 40 point mark and if you can get there as quickly as possible then it really does take the pressure off."

He also suggested that there is extra pressure on him to perform, as he wants to repay the Coates family (Stoke City’s owners) for the investment that they have put into the club during his time in Staffordshire.

"In many respects, this year has been an especially pressured season because you just do not want to miss out on that enormous windfall, and for me especially because I have such a great relationship with the Coates family, Peter, John and Denise who have put so much money into the football club,” Pulis continued.

"They are wonderful people who have done a wonderful job for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, so there has been some added pressure to make sure we get over the line."

Next up for Stoke is an away trip to Fulham, and Pulis has admitted that his side have found the task of winning away from the Britannia Stadium a difficult one this term.

"Our away form, again, hasn’t been spectacular and we’ve relied on our home results, but that’s always the case as it’s very difficult to win away from home in the Barclays Premier League."

 

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