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Beattie - No letting up

Potters striker keen to push on

Beattie: Battling until the end

Beattie: Battling until the end

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James Beattie insists no-one at Stoke City is taking the club's Premier League status for granted.

The Potters currently sit eight points above the relegation zone, in the relative comfort of mid-table, with four games of the 2008/09 campaign remaining.

A recent run which brought three wins from four outings appears to have seen them safe, upsetting the pre-season doom-mongers who saw them as certainties to make a quick-fire return to the Championship.

Their top-flight future is not guaranteed yet, though, with work still to be done before the celebrations can begin.

Beattie is all too aware of that fact, with a 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday offering a timely reminder to the players that they cannot afford to get complacent.

"We are of the opinion at Stoke that a lot of people wrote us off at the beginning of the season and it's nice to be in the position we are in at the minute," the in-form frontman told Sky Sports News.

"But we want to keep pushing on and get as high a finish as we can. The gaffer will not let us take our foot off the pedal, he's made that quite clear, and why should we?

"We weren't happy with the result on Saturday and we need to make sure we finish the job off this season and then take a look at it over the summer.

"I'm sure the chairman will want to push on, so will the gaffer and so will the players and the fans."