Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Saturday May 3 2008
4th May 2008
There will not be a Stoke fan left who is not aware of how important the final match of the season is for the fortunes of both teams. The Potters have come through some terrific challenges already this season and now stand just one point away from what would be the greatest moment for Stoke City Football Club since we lifted the League Cup at Wembley back in 1972.
Tony Pulis is predictably only focused on the match and refusing to discuss what could be:
'It'll be a fascinating day and I'm sure there will be twists and turns.
'We've got to prepare to face a decent side. They've got some very good players.
'I knew Ian [Holloway] from Bristol Rovers. It hasn't surprised me to see him going into management.'
Stoke will have to cope without Middlesbrough loanee, Chris Riggott in defence after he was recalled on Friday. He is likely to replaced by Andy Wilkinson.
The Potters have no new injury concerns after last weekend's victory over Colchester, but have the bonus of being able to add Andy Griffin to the squad after he has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Tony Pulis has long insisted that the fans form an important part of the team and has called us 'Stoke's 12th man'. With a full house at the Brit, it's time to really make ourselves count.
Leicester need to hope that Southampton (playing at home to WBA) don't get more points than themselves to ensure survival and manager, Ian Holloway will have wound up his players to respond, but he could be without former Potter Lee Hendrie, who has an Achilles injury, fellow midfielder, Matt Oakley and defender Patrick Kisnorbo.
Top goal scorer with ten this season is not much to write home about, but when you're in the spot of trouble The Foxes are in at the moment, we need the Stoke defence to keep guys like this quiet on Sunday.
No more this season, we hope!
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Date:Saturday May 3 2008
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