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Stoke keeper lauded for vital penalty save in FA Cup

Thomas Sorensen looks to have earned himself a new Stoke deal after his last-minute penalty save from Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas secured the Potters a 1-0 fourth-round FA Cup win at Molineux. Sorensen has lost his first-team place in recent months to Asmir Begovic and has not started a Barclays Premier League game since October.

But the former Denmark international proved his worth with boss Tony Pulis stating: "Thomas has been brilliant. We are hoping to sit down and do a deal with Thomas to keep him at the football club.

"Begovic has been outstanding for us. As a young keeper, he has been outstanding.

"Thomas has been waiting patiently. He has been terrific today. That is what you want, good competition."

Pulis confirmed that strikers Tuncay and Ricardo Fuller have been the subject of offers.

He said: "The club have received a bid from Wolfsburg and the clubs are talking but we are keen to keep Tuncay if we can.

"Sunderland also definitely made a bid for Ricardo. Not good enough? I'm not saying that. I'm just saying Sunderland made a bid and the clubs are talking."

He added: "You want to win every game. With the way the FA Cup has been placed in the calendar this year is difficult, when the fourth round is on the Saturday in a three-game week.

"We have got the short straw because we go to Anfield on Wednesday night and then Sunderland on Saturday morning.

"I'm a bit disappointed at the FA Cup and its placing in the calendar with the smaller clubs not having squads as strong as the top sides."

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