Tony Pulis believes Stoke City need six more points to retain their place in the Premier League.
The Potters have established themselves as a steady top-flight outfit since earning promotion in May 2008, but this status is under huge threat this term having won just one of their last 14 matches. Such a run has seen them slip to 16th in the table, three points above the drop zone.
Stoke travel to Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon, to take on a Queens Park Rangers side who are in even deeper trouble as they sit 10 points adrift of safety. And Pulis believes this represents his players with a great opportunity to win one of the two games he feels will clinch survival.
“The only people will turn things around is us and we’ve got to stick together. The players have trained well – their attitude has been first class,” he told Sky Sports. “We’ve got make sure everyone goes out there gives it a go. I’ve been in this situation before and it’s important I stay focused and the players stay focused. We’ve got five throws of the dice to get the six points that we need.”
A win against the Hoops would offer Stoke a huge incentive for the following weekend, when Norwich City, who are also not out of trouble, provide the opposition at the Britannia Stadium. In May, Pulis’ team go to Sunderland and Southampton, either side of Tottenham Hotspur at home.