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Stoke boss Pulis ready to dump route one for Premiership passing game

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is ready to drop his route one approach for the Premiership.

The Sentinel says Pulis is having sprinklers installed on the Britannia Stadium pitch to speed up Stoke's passing game in the Premier League next season.

Head groundsman Andy Jackson, who is overseeing the close-season work, said: "The gaffer wants the pop-up sprinklers put in the centre of the pitch so he's got the option of watering the surface before a game and even at half-time.

"It speeds up the pitch, so speeds up the play because I think he's looking to play a more passing game in the Premier League."

Such a policy will fly in the face of those assuming Stoke will lean exclusively on a more direct and physical style back in the top flight.

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