May 6, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-1
StokeStoke City
O'Shea (63')
Jimenez Cuellar (32'), Larsson (35')
Gardner (34')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Walters (9')
Whitehead (12'), Nzonzi (44')

Tony Pulis eyeing top half of the Premier League

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis before his side's match against Reading on February 9, 2013
© Dave Thompson / PA Photos
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is eyeing the top half of the table after all but guiding his side to Premier League safety thanks to back-to-back wins.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is eyeing the top half of the table after all but guiding his side to Premier League safety thanks to back-to-back wins.

The Potters secured victories over Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City, which lifted them from 16th in the table to 12th and has now put them eight points clear of Wigan Athletic, with three games to play.

Pulis told the club's official website: "We've got 40 points and good goal difference which is what we wanted. Now is the time to push on; we have to do that because mathematically we're still not safe.

"We need to get as many points as possible and it would be lovely to finish the season with a few more wins.

"If we can win two of our last three and get a draw we could end up in the top half of the Premier League, which would be a great season for us."

Stoke travel to the Stadium of Light on Monday to take on Sunderland.

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