Stoke assistant calls for fans to keep cool and carry on cheering

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Stoke City assistant manager Dave Kemp has called for fans to remain calm and inspire the club's safety from the drop. 

The Britannia is expecting a sell out crowd for this weekend's game against fellow strugglers Norwich, and Kemp wants fans to keep patience to avoid panicking the team going into Saturday. 

"It's important the fans don't get impatient," Kemp told The Sentinel. "It would be great to be 5-0 up at half-time, but if not, don't panic because we are quite capable of winning the game late on."

Kemp believes the manager Tony Pulis has set a fine example of keeping calm which the players have replicated. 

"No-one is panicking," he explained. "And we will just deal with what comes our way. Perhaps we've made it look a bit too easy in the past, so when the heat is on the panic is on among others."

The pressure and panic of supporters has been high of late, with a series of poor results in 2013, however Saturday's crucial 2-0 victory over QPR helped stem fears and Stoke's second in command thought they deserved the win. 

"We got what we required on Saturday. The players showed fight and were prepared to stand up and be counted in a pressure game," Kemp added. "Now we want another performance and another win this Saturday."

Interestingly manager Pulis has been proactive in ensuring his team don't feel the pressure of expectation and has imposed a media ban on the entire squad, which even resulted in the cancellation of a 'meet the fans night'.

Boss Pulis has defended his decision insisting: "I must keep them focussed until the end of the season." 

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