Pulis confident of progress in FA Cup

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis firmly believes a shake up of his team for Tuesday night's FA Cup clash at Cardiff will not have a detrimental impact.

Pulis remains convinced whatever players he opts to field "can go there and finish the job off" after being held to a 1-1 draw in the initial tie at the Britannia Stadium 10 days ago.

"I never ever put a team out with red and white stripes on that I think will lose the game," said Pulis, who will hand another start to defender Ryan Shotton. "Everything I do and every change I make is done so with the mindset that it will help us win the match. It is an important competition for us, but we will make changes."

He added: "We have played a hell of a lot of games over the past few weeks, so I will freshen things up a little bit.

"The likes of Shotts, who did ever so well in the first game, will come back in.

"We have a good squad of players here, players who are desperate to come in and show what they can do.

"A lot of them who aren't in the team at the moment actually played a part in winning us promotion from the Championship, so going to Cardiff shouldn't be too much for them."


Pulis has Ricardo Fuller available again after the striker missed Saturday's 2-0 home win over Bolton due to a family bereavement.

Eidur Gudjohnsen remains doubtful with a neck injury, while another forward in Mamady Sidibe continues to recover from an Achilles problem.

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