TONY PULIS has called for an improvement from his Stoke City players in both penalty areas as they battle to secure their top-flight status.
The Potters will be looking to arrest a run of three successive defeats when they face Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League at Loftus Road.
They are just three points above the drop zone with five games left this season and boss Pulis knows where they have been causing problems for themselves throughout a disappointing period which has left their future looking uncertain.
He said: “It’s been in both boxes that we’ve struggled. Of late, we’ve given poor, poor goals away and we’ve got to stop doing that.
“And at the other end of the pitch, there have been games where we’ve had great opportunities and not taken them.
“It’s difficult if you struggle in both boxes. What we’ve got to make sure is that we eradicate that and get the points we need to stay up.”
He added: “I think six points will keep us up. It doesn’t matter whether they come in the next two games or the last two.
“The thing we have to do is keep the players focused, keep them together and keep them believing. They are the ones that I worry about more than anyone else.”
Pulis says his players have looked “bright” in training ahead of their trip to West London to face a QPR side on the brink of tumbling through the relegation trapdoor.
Harry Redknapp’s side are currently second from bottom, 10 points adrift of safety, and defeat tomorrow would almost certainly signal an end to their two-year stay in the Premier League.
But Pulis remains full of admiration for Redknapp and knows that his side will face a battle at Loftus Road if they are to turn their season round at this stage.
He added: “It’s very difficult to judge managers over short periods, you have to give them time.
“If he was to pull off another miracle and keep them up, Harry would be the King of London. If he doesn’t, I’m sure there will be a lot of changes there.
“I know Harry and I’m sure he’ll want to do it his way. He’ll want to get the dressing room right and that’s most probably been his biggest problem.
“Harry has always been a fighter. He’s been in the game a long time and has been a very successful manager in lots of ways. He will have them firing on Saturday.
“It’s only this time last year that we were talking about him being the England manager, that’s how quickly football changes.
“He’s a football nut and is a bit like Sir Alex in so much that I can just see him going on and on and on.”