THOMAS SORENSEN is aiming to help Stoke City make progress in the FA Cup on Tuesday night . . . and hopefully prolong his season in the process.
The experienced Denmark international is expected to return to the starting line-up for the third round replay against Crystal Palace and maintain his duties in the cup, having been forced to play second fiddle to Asmir Begovic in the Premier League this term.
Sorensen started in the original tie at Selhurst Park earlier this month; the first time he had appeared in the side since a 4-3 defeat against Swindon Town in the Carling Cup last August.
Victory for the Potters would secure the side a mouthwatering fourth round clash with Manchester City later in the month, and bring with it another possible start for the 36-year old stopper.
"It's been a long time, so obviously it was nice to play in the game down in London," he said.
"The FA Cup is always an important competition for any player and for any Club, but it has even greater significance for me because it means I am playing games.
"Hopefully, I am involved in the replay, and if that is the case then I will be doing everything in my power to make sure we get the result we want."
Sorensen believes the Potters are more than capable of overcoming the high-flying Championship outfit at the Britannia Stadium, but has issued a warning to anybody expecting the side to ease their way into the next round.
"All of the pressure is on the Premier League side, and that is why there are a lot of shocks in the competition. That's what makes the FA Cup so special," he commented.
"We were pleased with the goalless draw down at their place because it was a potential banana skin for us.
"Palace are a very good team who have had a very good season. They will come here with nothing to lose, but we are confident of getting the job done at home."