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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says he is hoping for a change of fortune to help his side end their disappointing recent run.

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Three successive defeats for Pulis' side have seen a frustrated mood replace the normal vociferous home backing at the Britannia Stadium.

Last Sunday's loss at Newcastle, which followed setbacks against Fulham and West Ham, has increased the pressure ahead of the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

But Pulis believes Stoke are overdue a change of luck, saying: "We are either shooting ourselves in the foot or things just aren't dropping for us at the moment.

"Even Alan [Pardew] admitted last week that Newcastle were fortunate. That was as well as we have played away from home for a long time.

"What we need more than anything is a couple of breaks. The lads are working hard and deserve more than they have got recently.

"We are 11th in the Premier League at the moment, and we are looking to push on and pick up more points. We are looking forward."

Pulis said he expected his players to handle what could be a difficult atmosphere on Saturday, explaining: "If you win games people are happy, if you lose, people are upset. That's football. We are a strong unit and we want to get back on track.

"We are in a results-determined business and, if we don't get results, then we get criticised. I accept that.

"The supporters have been incredible, and we need that to continue. We have five games at home and four away [remaining this season]. We need them behind us.

"The players are the most important people in any club, and supporters can give them enormous confidence."


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