Pulis calls for focus
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Tony Pulis has called on his Stoke players to retain their focus following Saturday's 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
Stoke look viable promotion contenders having taken 28 points from a possible 36 and gone 656 minutes without conceding a goal.
The Potters were workmanlike rather thank impressive against The R's and Pulis wants his players to get back to basics.
"We overindulged in some areas and it was a bit frustrating," said Pulis.
"At times we were too comfortable and at 1-0 that is always a worry because something just might have happened at the other end.
"We needed the second goal and created chances to get it. The fans could have had a bit of a go but they stuck with the team and I would like to thank them for that."
Andy Griffin played the last game of his loan spell on Saturday, but Pulis hopes the defender's stay at Portsmouth will be a brief one.
He added: "We are going to miss him and we hope to sort something out in January. I've talked to Harry Redknapp about it and the wheels are in motion."
A penalty from Danny Higginbotham proved QPR's undoing and R's chief John Gregory questioned the award for a foul on Ricardo Fuller.
He said: "I didn't think it was a penalty, but the referee was quick to point to the spot and I'll have to see the tape to be sure.
"We had to reshuffle our pack and I thought the players we put out there did well. We didn't work their keeper as much as we would have liked, but they didn't work ours as much as we expected them to.
"It was an encouraging performance and gives us something to build on."