There’s a motive why the query ‘can they do it on a cold Tuesday night in Stoke?’ will get requested.

The Potters didn’t gather essentially the most factors on the highway when Tony Pulis was in cost however that didn’t matter as they had been a unique animal at residence.

Stoke striker Peter Crouch

Stoke under Pulis’ management was always a nasty place to go

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Stoke under Pulis’ administration was at all times a nasty place to go

From Rory Delap’s menacing lengthy throw-ins that may usually get caught within the howling wind to Andy Wilkinson’s barely legal crunching tackles, the last place a player needed to be was at the Britannia Stadium.

One staff that had been discovered wanting at Stoke was Arsenal, with Pulis claiming three wins over the Gunners in all competitions in his time as Potters boss.

And former Stoke striker Peter Crouch admits there may have been some barely underhand techniques from the staff in preparation for Arsene Wenger’s men coming to city.

“Arsenal was our home banker, we made things difficult,” Crouch told BT Sport.

“We educated in the course of the pitch before we performed Arsenal on a Friday – simply to lower all of it up so they couldn’t play!

“The grass was grown longer and I remember looking at Aaron Ramsey and he couldn’t see his boot. He went ‘Crouchy?’ and I went ‘This is what we do!’”


Wenger never liked the trip to Staffordshire

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