Found November 19, 2012 on Top-soCCer:
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is preparing his side for a tough battle when they welcome Stoke to Upton Park on Monday night, despite the fact that the Hammers currently sit seven places above their visitors in the Premiership table. Allardyce believes that it is only a matter of time before Stoke starting picking up points and is not fooled by their lowly fourteenth placing.Stoke are managed by Tony Pulis and many have drawn comparisons between the style of the two sides, something that Allardyce has been keen to refute. West Ham have often been admired for their free-flowing attacking style but “Big Sam” has adopted a far more defensive approach to the game. It may not always be pretty to watch, but the results speak for themselves with his newly promoted side doing much better than Southampton and Reading who accompanied them from the Championship this summer.Allardyce is happy to acknowledge that both he and Pulis are working on a restricted budget compared to the big teams but in...

Pulis has no Jarvis regrets

Tony Pulis has insisted he is happy with how Michael Kightly is performing for Stoke City after also considering a move for Matt Jarvis in the summer. Jarvis ultimately made the switch to West Ham United in a club-record deal and Pulis admits Stoke could not match the price they paid for him. The Potters manager remains an admirer of Jarvis ahead of Monday's match against West...

Pulis content to bank a point

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was content to settle for a point after a "game of two halves" against West Ham at Upton Park ended in a 1-1 draw. The Potters went ahead in the first half thanks to a brilliant set-piece which saw Jon Walters make a perfectly-timed run from the far post to convert Glenn Whelan's ball with a clinical finish. But the Hammers came out fighting...

West Ham gets hard fought tie vs. Stoke

West Ham missed a chance to move into the Europa League place after being held to a 1-1 draw by Stoke in the Premier League on Monday. Stoke opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a set move from a corner involving Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan. As West Ham's defenders focused on Crouch, Walters ran into space behind him and smashed Whelan's low drive...

Doing the rounds: The Britannia…

Doing the rounds: The Britannia… - originally posted on Soccerlens.comUpon their promotion to the Premier League, Stoke City certainly made a name for themselves. Whether it be their refreshingly medieval approach to the game, the rocket propelled wrists of Rory Delap, or the relentless thrashing they always seem to give Arsenal. Hell, the debate still rages on as to whether Lionel...
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