Date: 27th December 2014 at 5:19pm
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Goalkeeper Ben Foster has said he has no concerns over people viewing Stoke as our bogey team in the Premier League.

Speaking to ahead of the game, Foster told his colleagues to ignore history and just focus on our game and ensuring we do what we know we are capable of on Sunday.

With the record books saying that we only have one win over Stoke in the last ten years, bogey side references are obviously made, but the England international says that counts for nothing in football as you have to deal with what’s in front of you, not the past.

‘You can’t get carried away with calling Stoke a bogey team. Luckily I have played in a game where we have beaten them. History doesn’t really count for too much in football matches.’

Foster goes on to say that we obviously know we will be in for a tough game though, as Stoke are difficult opposition and they do what they do well, but in knowing exactly what to expect from them, it means we know what we need to do to beat them.

‘A lot of the lads probably watched them last week when they were on the TV against Chelsea. There is a bit more passing involved in their style of play now, but you still know that when you go up there that it’s going to be a hostile atmosphere. They are a strong team and we need to be ready to stand up to them.’

Following the Queens Park Rangers capitulation and our first half against Manchester City, the players should be wanting to show a response and get back to winning games and this would be the perfect game for that to happen in.

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