Stoke City management is challenging their players to handle the pressure of playing at the Brit.

This season's solitary success against Crystal Palace has since been followed by three draws, one defeat and just one goal.

"I'm sure they can handle any pressure," said assistant boss Mark Bowen.

"They are professionals and that kind of thing comes with the territory.

"It's probably been going on for quite a while, but also if you are encouraging players to get on the ball and play, then it's sometimes easier to do that away from home where's there's less expectancy.

"But they simply have to rise to the challenge, be brave, play their football and take the game to the opposition."

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