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Pumped Up

JERMAINE PENNANT says that he's pumped up and raring to go for Saturday's clash with local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The City winger is vying for a starting place again after missing the game at Fulham last time out with a groin injury and says a fast up-and-at-them start could see the Potters take that early initiative.

And whilst Stoke's record against the Baggies weighs in his side's favour, Pennant knows that it'll be a tough game against a team which is unbeaten in their last four matches.

"I'm looking forward to it and I know that the atmosphere is going to be rocking," Jermaine told Stoke City Player.

"They're local rivals and we usually do very good against West Brom so touch wood that continues as well.

"I think that if we do score an early goal it'll do heaps.

"It'll do a lot for the confidence and morale of not only the players but the fans as well.

"An early goal will give them a bounce and another decibel of noise around the Britannia so I think if we come out quick and come out pacey to get that early goal we could take control of the game from there."

The Potters have struggled to add points to the board in recent matches despite some good levels of performance.

Pennant himself knows that fortunes can change quickly in football and says that there's plenty of belief in the camp that they can get back to winning ways again on Saturday.

"Things haven't been going great in the last couple of games results-wise but performance-wise we've come off the pitch scratching our heads at times thinking 'how did we not win that one?'," he added.

"We've got to keep going and maybe be a bit more ruthless in front of goal.

"Like I said, we normally do well against the Baggies and at the Britannia with the fans behind us that extra bit we can come away with those three points."

Jermaine was speaking from M Club Spa and Fitness where he was endorsing their partnership with the Club as the Official Fitness Partner and match sponsor of this weekend's game.

Local entrepreneur Mo Chaudry is the owner and is delighted to have formalised a two-year partnership with the Potters to see the players use the facilities.

"The players do enough training in the week and I think that when they come here they just love to rest and recuperate," said Chaudry.

"Our hydrotherapy pool does just that and it's a fantastic place for recovering and relaxation.

"We've had a multi-million pound upgrade of the facilities from the old Total Fitness and anyone that sees it believes it.

"The Premier League is a global league with global coverage so from our point of view sponsoring the game gives us standing and credibility.

"The fact that we are also recognised as the Official Fitness Partner really does have that final endorsement."

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