Pulis hoping to face Europe's best

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Tony Pulis hopes Stoke will be pitted against some of the biggest sides in the Europa League having sealed their qualification for the group stage on Thursday evening.

Going into their play-off second leg against FC Thun at the Britannia Stadium a goal up from last Thursday's initial meeting in Switzerland, the Potters scored three times in the first half on the way to a comfortable 4-1 win on the night and 5-1 victory on aggregate.

"This is the first time we have done this, so it is lovely for our supporters, who have backed us so magnificently over the past few years, to get something fresh and new that they have never experienced before," Pulis said.

"At this football club we have really tried to join the supporters together with the players.

"By doing this tonight, it is a great reward for the supporters for what they have done.

"I hope to God that we draw two big teams to play at the Britannia, because the place will be absolutely special if we do that.

"That will be reward for them, for the way they have helped us."

He added: "I thought the players' attitude was fantastic They have embraced it, they are enjoying it and 24,000 here tonight have really enjoyed it as well.

"It was important that we didn't give them a leg-up - if we had conceded early on, it would have been difficult for us.

"But it was lovely to score our goals when we did, and then we were able to take a couple of players off and rest them."

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