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Pulis upbeat despite Stoke defeat

Tony Pulis
Pulis believes his side can still drag themselves away from the drop zone

Manager Tony Pulis insists survival is still in Stoke's hands, despite their 3-1 defeat at Everton sending them back into the bottom three of the table.

The Potters lie in 18th place on goal difference after their resurgent second-half display failed to earn them anything from their Goodison Park game.

But Pulis said: "We know we are now in the bottom three but it's in our hands.

"If we can win an away game somewhere, it will take a lot of pressure off. We are in control of our own destiny."

Ryan Shawcross's header looked to have given Stoke hope of snatching at least a point from the game as the Potters battled back against Everton after a poor first half.

Pulis regrets poor first half

But Marouane Fellaini scored in injury-time to add to Jo and Joleon Lescott's first-half strikes to end Stoke's fightback.

And Pulis has urged his side to stop "giving themselves a mountain to climb" in matches away from the Britannia Stadium.

"We didn't throw any punches until the second half, we did not take the game to them and looked laboured, that's the nicest way to put it.

"But after the break we showed a lot more spirit, the goal helped and we made them nervous. We had chances and could have scored again. But we cannot wait until we are 2-0 down every game before we start to fight back.

"We have shown we have spirit. But winning games now is vital, we have four away and five at home left.

"We must win away. We are pretty decent when it comes to home games, but that will not be enough now, we cannot go through a season without an away win and expect to stay up.

"When we roll our sleeves up and start throwing punches ourselves, we are not a bad team.

"I am not worried what other teams do, we cannot worry about that. We just have to look after ourselves and that is the only way we will survive."

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