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Kemp: Stoke mentality key to recent rise

9 May 2013 14:11

Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp has cited his side's refusal to panic as the reason for their all but confirmed escape from relegation.

Tony Pulis' men moved six points clear of the drop zone as they earned a 1-1 draw against Sunderland on Monday, a margin which virtually assures their safety with just two games to play.

And Kemp says the squad remained focused, even when they were being widely tipped to go down by observers.

"People outside the group had been talking about things going wrong, but I don't think that was ever the mentality inside the group," he told The Sentinel.
"The players came in and worked hard, and that's how it always is. We don't get too high when things are going well and we don't get too down when they're not."

The 60-year-old also insisted that Stoke will not ease off until their Premier League safety is mathematically confirmed.

"You'd have thought 11th with two games to go would be safe, but no two seasons are the same in this league. That's what makes it so exciting. There are no dead games this weekend in the Premier League," he added.

"Every game is a big game for us."

Stoke are set to hold celebrations marking their 150th anniversary ahead of Sunday's meeting with Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium.

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