Boss to give stars penalty choice

Stoke City

Tony Pulis will consult his Stoke players over whether they practice penalties ahead of their FA Cup semi-final with Bolton on Sunday.

The Potters boss is aware the Wembley date could be settled by the lottery of a shoot-out, but he is unsure if he will set aside extra time to prepare for the spot-kicks.

“I think I’ll do what I did the last time I was at Wembley with Gillingham in 1999,” he told the Stoke and Staffordshire, “and that’s speak to the lads and see what their feelings are.

Stoke should not be short of contributors should the game go that far, as they have some big characters in the camp, and four who have already netted a penalty for Stoke in the Premier League.

“I’m one of those that think you can’t re-create the true atmosphere of 90,000 people watching when you’re taking pens on the training ground. But I’ll see what they think,” Pulis added.

The City manager also suggested that they are treating the game like any away game in London, claiming: “This is the semi-final, not the final.

“We are just keeping everybody’s feet on the ground and making sure they are working hard leading up to the match.”