Faye cautions Stoke against complacency over relegation
Wednesday 10 March 2010
Stoke City's captain, Abdoulaye Faye, believes they still have to work to do to retain their top-flight status, and believes it is vital the team bounce back at Burnley tonight following their weekend FA Cup defeat by Chelsea.
Although Stoke would appear to be safe with 34 points and 11 games remaining Faye is refusing to take anything for granted. He told the local newspaper the Sentinel: "We need to look forward and prepare for the next game against Burnley and be ready to play really well. The match is more important than Chelsea. We need to win these games to stay in the Premier League."
Faye says he is getting back to his best form after an indifferent season, in which he has been troubled by a back injury and sent off twice. The central defender completed his first full game for nearly two months at Stamford Bridge and is ready to kick on. He said: "It is a long time since I played 90 minutes because of injuries. But now I am fit and I am happy that I've played the full game. Last year I was never injured. That's just life, but I am getting better and better "
Stoke's manager, Tony Pulis, has a number of injury concerns going into the match, with Glenn Whelan the latest to need treatment for a hamstring problem. Matthew Etherington (knee), Danny Higginbotham (back) and James Beattie (knee) are all doubtful through injury. Salif Diao is sidelined with a calf strain while Ryan Shawcross remains suspended. Pulis is adamant he will not risk any player with a difficult home game to follow against Aston Villa on Saturday.
He said: "It is certainly going to test the strength of the squad because we do not want to rush the players back if they are not quite ready." Pulis added: "We've had a smashing season so far but we must not take our foot off the pedal."
Latest in Sport
Jay Hart sex tape: Clitheroe footballer sacked after being filmed having sex with unknown blonde woman in manager's dug-out
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Jack Grealish: Surely the FA will belatedly try to snap up Aston Villa star after his Wembley heroics
Cesc Fabregas in Premier League title dig at Arsenal after pointing out '27 year wait'
Sergio Aguero vs Harry Kane vs Diego Costa: Who will win the battle to be Premier League top scorer?
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
- 5 Google search history can now be downloaded in its entirety, mass embarrassment expected
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Katie Hopkins on LBC: Listen to caller taking The Sun columnist to task over migrant comments