TONY PULIS has highlighted the fine margin between success and failure as Stoke City look to end a disappointing 10-match run when they face West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium.
In stark contrast to a 10-match unbeaten run before Christmas, Pulis’ side have managed only one win in the last 10 games since Boxing Day.
City’s manager insists that his side are doing nothing different now than they were when things were going so well in the first half of the season.
But he believes that all the Potters need are one or two breaks, and has pointed to two contrasting incidents to underline his point.
“When we drew at West Ham earlier this season, Steve Nzonzi hit the underside of the bar with a shot which bounced back out,” he said.
“Last week at Newcastle, Cabaye’s free kick hits the bar and goes in. It shows there is a fine margin between getting a result and not getting one.
“We’re on a bad run of form in terms of results, but not performances. At St James’ Park, that was as well as we have played in a long time. Even Alan Pardew felt his side were fortunate to get the result in the end, but that’s the way it’s been going.”
He added: “It’s all about the results. When we went 10 games unbeaten, we played exactly the same way and everyone was jumping around.
“If you win games, people are happy. If you aren’t winning matches, they let you know about it. You have to accept that as a manager, but I haven’t changed anything that we weren’t doing back when things were going so well for us.
Pulis has once again stressed the important part that the Club’s supporters can play in helping his side to emerge from that lean period.
“The best thing we can do is put in another performance like last Sunday, and then hope that we get one or two breaks as well,” he said.
“We need our supporters because they can help us enormously. We’re just hoping that they turn up and really get behind the team.
“The players are the most important people at the Football Club. They thrive on confidence and the supporters can help in that respect.”