Pulis hails Stoke`s unsung heroes

Sat, 10 Dec 13:13:10 2011

Much of the focus will be on Stoke's former Tottenham players ahead of the clash between the two clubs on Sunday but manager Tony Pulis believes his team's unsung heroes deserve some credit.

Record signing Peter Crouch, Jonathan Woodgate and Wilson Palacios all left White Hart Lane in the summer and will be looking to impress at the Britannia Stadium. But the Potters boss singled out the likes of Marc Wilson and fellow defender Andy Wilkinson for praise.

Wilson was signed as a midfielder from Portsmouth in the summer of last year, but has played left-back for most of his 12 Barclays Premier League appearances. Pulis said: "Marc Wilson doesn't get the credit he deserves.

"People talk about Ryan Shawcross, Matthew Upson, Robert Huth and Woodgate but Wilson has been outstanding this season.

"For a player who is more of a midfielder than a full-back he has done fantastically well for us. He has so much quality when he gets the ball it is not just his defending, it is his ability with it which is great for this club."

On Wilkinson, he added: "We need Wilko. He is a very good defender for us and they have two very good wide players (Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale) we need full-backs who can compete. It will be a disappointment if he is not fit."


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