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 eyes top-half finish

Pulis eyes top-half finish
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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis believes that his side can finish in the top half this season after their 1-1 draw with Sunderland this evening.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has backed his side to secure a top-half finish after their 1-1 draw with Sunderland this evening.

The Potters currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, six points clear of the relegation zone and just two points off ninth-placed Swansea City.

Pulis admits that his side aren't completely safe from relegation just yet, but he is looking up the table rather than down it.

"It was a hard-earned point, we knew it would be hard," he said.

"You have to give Sunderland a lot of credit, they played with a lot of spirit and we are pleased to get a point to get to 41 points. It's one of those funny seasons when everything is not sorted out yet.

"We're disappointed not to take the three points which would have made us safe but we are 11th in the Premier League with two games to go. We can still finish in the top half."

Stoke's final two games of this season come against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.

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