Stoke fullback Wilkinson: Gaffer created ideal dressing room

Stoke City fullback Andy Wilkinson says staying up will be bigger than winning promotion last season.

Stoke City fullback Andy Wilkinson says staying up will be bigger than winning promotion last season.

He said: "Last season was a massive achievement but I think staying up would be even bigger.

"That all depends on us finishing this season off. But what we have done so far is credit to the manager for the way he has done his research and got the shape of the team right.

"But he's not only good at bringing in good players, he also gets the right lads for the dressing room. James Beattie is a great example of that.

"There are no cliques in the dressing room whatsoever. Everyone gets on and I am sure, if this season finishes well, we will all go out for a drink."