Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Pulis hopes for a change of fortune

Tony Pulis

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hoping for a change of luck when he takes his team to Old Trafford on Tuesday and a meeting with Manchester United.

In the two previous league meetings at the ground, Stoke have been thumped 5-0 and 4-0 and Pulis is hoping they won't be quite so generous again when he goes face to face in the dugout with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Stoke go into the match on the back of a 2-0 victory against Everton and Pulis said: "We will go to Old Trafford and give it our best shot. We have run them close at our place but not at Old Trafford. We have struggled there. Hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves."

Kenwyne Jones is looking to kick on after getting back on the mark at the weekend.

He says he is determined to enjoy his football and put his personal worries to one side.

According to Pulis, the striker is trying to cope with a family tragedy which he believes affected his performances in recent weeks.

Jones responded with his first goal in six games in the victory against Everton.

In an interview on the club website, Jones said: "When it comes to football it does tend to take your mind off stuff.

"Problems are part of life and sometimes it does tend to spill over into football.

"In football you have to enjoy every day that you have because when its finished, that's it."