TONY PULIS today backed his Stoke City side to turn all their early season promise into Premier League points by insisting: “The results will come.”
The Potters go in search of their first Premier League win of the season when they entertain Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
Pulis draws a lot of encouragement from the way City have performed in their opening five games even though they have taken only four points so far.
He also believes that supporters appreciate the way in which the Club is endeavouring to move forward in their fifth season in the Premier League.
“If we keep playing the way we have been playing and work as hard as we have done, then I’m confident our fortunes will change,” he commented.
“In terms of starts to a season, this is certainly as well as we’ve played since we’ve been in the Premier League and I’m sure that the results will come.
“The important thing is that we’re trying to keep moving forward and we’ve put things in place to improve the Football Club. We’ve brought in some players this season who will help us to do that, but it takes time when you make those changes.”
City’s manager added: “I think our supporters can see what we are trying to do and they appreciate that it is the right way. We have known from the outset that this was going to be a tough start to the season, so there is a need for us all to be patient.”
Though the Potters will be hopeful of breaking their duck with a first League win over Swansea, Pulis has issued a warning about the tough test in prospect.
“Swansea did exceptionally well last season and they started this season well,” he said. “It is impressive what they have done over the last few years.
“I think they are physically more adept now because Michael Laudrup has brought in two players in the middle of the park who have given them more strength.”
Consequently, the game may not be so much of a contrast in styles as many people expect, bearing in mind the changes that the Potters have also made recently.
“We’re a better team than many people make us out to be,” stated Pulis. “We had 49% of the possession at Chelsea last weekend and had twelve efforts on goal.
“There is no right way, no wrong way to play the game. We’re in a results industry and we all have to play in a way that takes into account strengths and weaknesses.
“We do like to play through the pitch quickly which means we try to get the ball up and around the opposition box as quick as we can. It’s a style of play that has brought us a lot of success over the past few years, but we are looking to make gradual changes.”