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Thursday 14 December 2017

Pulis: Potters will pull no punches in Spain

MANAGER Tony Pulis promises Stoke will endeavour to continue their "great rollercoaster" of a season against Valencia on Thursday.

The Potters yesterday secured an FA Cup quarter-final berth for the third year running at Crawley thanks to goals from Jon Walters and Peter Crouch in a 2-0 win.

The clash came after the first leg of their high-profile Europa League last-32 encounter with Spanish giants Valencia.

Stoke head to the Estadio Mestalla on Thursday looking to overcome a 1-0 deficit and Pulis has promised to leave no stone unturned.

"We'll give it our best," he said.

"They are a top team and I was very, very impressed on Thursday night.

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"They have all the tools in their armour to be a top side and they are a Champions League team, really. They're not a Europa League side.

"We're in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the third year running and it has been a great rollercoaster for us as a football club."

Stoke will be looking to build on their Crawley success.

"We played against a very, very good lower league side," Pulis added.

"We went down to 10 men (when Rory Delap was sent off) and we have shown the character and the spirit the football club has got.

"What I think people don't understand is how challenging this season has been so far. It is something like 43 games so far and we have travelled halfway around Europe playing Europa League ties. It is taxing."

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