Football - Pulis not feeling the pressure

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is adamant he is not under pressure despite his club's slow slide into this season's relegation scrap.

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Approaching seven years in charge of City, Pulis is facing increased flak from the fans following a miserable run that has seen them win just one of the last 15 matches in all competitions.

From a position of comparative safety after a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Boxing Day, the Potters have since taken just six points from a possible 36 in the Barclays Premier League.

Although still 13th in the top flight, City find themselves only four points above a relegation zone topped by Aston Villa who they face at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Another defeat would not only thrust Stoke firmly into the thick of the battle to beat the drop, but also place Pulis in the firing line with supporters who have become disenchanted with his management.

Asked if he felt under any pressure of late, Pulis replied: "No. If anything I'm working my socks off to make sure the players don't feel the pressure.

"We're at home this week, so we'll have the supporters behind us, and the players know if they put in a shift they will have the backing of 28,000 people really getting behind them."

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