Crystal Palace vs. Stoke City  0 - 0



Pulis praises Owen attitude

5 January 2013 13:20

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has rubbished reports implying that Michael Owen has a negative attitude.

The former Manchester United striker joined Stoke in the summer as a free agent, signing a one-year contract.

But due to injury, Owen has played just 54 minutes' worth of first-team football.

However, Pulis has revealed that the forward is expected to be involved in Stoke's FA Cup third-round clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday, having regained match fitness.

"Michael's not a Big-Time Charlie at all. Some who have achieved what he has achieved in football could fall into that trap," Pulis said.

"Peter Crouch is the same. There's not been an ounce of problem with him.

"We've done okay as a club anyway, but Michael has been a part of it over Christmas without me selecting him.

"He's been available so hopefully I'll get him involved somehow today. But his attitude hasn't surprised me and I think the players like him in the way he is, he's a decent lad.

"I don't think Michael sees this as a big chance to prove people wrong. He just wants to play football and he has to be fully fit to do that.

"We have to get him in that position first but he's been a pleasure to work with."


Pulis offers Cup assurances

5 January 2013 01:33

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insists his side will treat the FA Cup seriously ahead of their third-round clash with Crystal Palace.

Stoke lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the final of the competition in 2010/11 but were knocked out of the Capital One Cup earlier this season by Swindon Town after Pulis rested several key players.

Ahead of Saturday's clash with Palace, Pulis said that although the league remains his main focus this season, they will treat English football's oldest club competition with respect.

"The Premier League is the main priority without a question of a doubt, but we want to do well (in the Cup). We've proved that we do take the FA Cup seriously," he told reporters.

"I'll certainly change one or two because I think one or two need a rest but we'll show Palace the utmost respect because I've got respect for Ian (Holloway) and also Crystal Palace.

"It's a great football club. If they get back in the Premier League, they'll be filling that place week in, week out.

"We know how difficult it will be. Out of all the draws you could get, when it came out we looked at it and thought it was going to be a really difficult game, and it will be because they're flying in the Championship."

Palace sit third in the Championship table but have won only one of their last six matches.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
11 24 -12 26
12 24 -11 25
13 24 -15 25
14 24 -22 24
15 24 -12 23

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
15 24 -12 23
16 24 -16 23
17 24 -25 23
18 23 -11 21
19 24 -12 20