Pulis wants to continue momentum

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis has told his side to continue their willing work ethic if they are to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Goals from James Beattie and substitute Ricardo Fuller secured a vital 2-0 victory against Bolton at the Britannia Stadium. In the process Stoke moved out of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the table to improve their chances of staying in the top flight for a second successive season.

"It is very important we take it on. We have Everton next and we know that will be tight," he said. "We just have to make sure we prepare properly for every game and give it our best shot."

Beattie opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he got on the end of a through ball from Glenn Whelan to record his fifth goal in seven games.

Bolton manager Gary Megson was left grimacing, claiming: "You won't see a worst one conceded up and down the country, never mind in the Premier League."

Whelan, who was recalled to the side after his late equaliser against Aston Villa, also had a hand in the second goal after 73 minutes.

He saw his powerful shot parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen and Fuller was on hand to take advantage.

Pulis hailed 31-year-old Beattie for the impact he has made in two months after arriving from Sheffield United for a fee believed to be about £3.5million.

"Players of Beattie's age sometimes need the challenge of proving they can still play in the top flight, " said the Stoke boss.

"It was one of the reasons why we went and got him. He wanted this chance. His goalscoring record is smashing. Not only that he is a very good team man, he gets the players together."

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