Pulis insists that Torres is in need of 'a bit of luck' as barren spell continues

The Potters manager is still wary about the Spaniard's ability after being impressed with how he performed against Birmingham but hopes his luck does not change against his side

Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is playing well and just needs a bit of luck in front of goal to start scoring again.

Goals have been hard to come by for the Spaniard, having not netted since October when he scored in the Champions League against Genk.

The Potters’ boss was in attendance as the former Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker helped his side beat Birmingham in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

"I went to Birmingham and watched him the other night and I thought he did absolutely fantastically,” the 54-year-old told the Press Association.

"I thought he worked his socks off and that his movement was brilliant.

"He just needs a little bit of luck in front of goal - I just hope he doesn't get it against us on Saturday. His attitude was fantastic."

Pulis also expressed his belief that former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas will have found his experience at Stamford Bridge very useful in his continuing education in football.

"He had a very difficult job," Pulis added. "To go into Chelsea and turn it around in eight months was very difficult.

"I found him to be a nice chap. I'm sure he will get back into the game and that it will have been a great experience for him."