TONY PULIS preferred to err on the side of caution amidst the euphoria of Stoke City reaching their initial target of 40 points after a crucial victory over Norwich City.
Pulis wants to assess the situation after the latest round of Barclays Premier League fixtures have been completed with Aston Villa taking on Sunderland on Monday evening.
City reached the all-important 40-point mark thanks to Charlie Adam’s 46th minute against the Canaries, a result that lifted them to 12th place in the Premier League table.
“We’ve got what we wanted, 40 points, but we’ll wait and analyse what happens in the Aston Villa-Sunderland game on Monday evening, then take it from there,” said Pulis.
“Hopefully, this is enough now to secure our sixth season in the Premier League, but we’re not mathematically safe yet and we certainly cannot relax until that is the case.
“A sixth season in the Premier League would be a remarkable achievement for this Football Club when you consider just how far we have come over the past seven-and-a-half years.
“We were a mid-table Championship club going absolutely nowhere and getting crowds of 12-13,000 each week, and now look where we are. It’s a fantastic success story and everyone at the Club should be proud of what we have done in such a short space of time.
“Not only have we stayed in the Premier League, but this is the first time that we have got close to being in any sort of trouble, but we have still got three games remaining.”
Pulis felt that his side deserved to secure their second successive win, even though a number of missed chances made the final stages a little nerve-racking for them.
“I thought we were back to the way we are and I felt we were unfortunate in the end not have scored more goals,” he commented in reflecting on the performance.
“That’s two successive clean sheets and Norwich, who are a good side who work their socks off, have hardly had a chance all afternoon, so I am delighted with that.”
Pulis was also pleased for matchwinner Adam who burst through a static Norwich defence to fire home a Peter Crouch knockdown in the early stages of the second half.
“Charlie has had an up and down season in lots of respects, but he’s got real quality and he certainly showed that this afternoon. We’re very, very pleased.”