Last Updated: Sat, 04 May 2013 13:45
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is expecting his side to face a backlash from Sunderland when they visit the Stadium of Light on Monday.
Back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Everton had transformed the mood on Wearside but a 6-1 thumping at Aston Villa last Monday brought Paolo Di Canio and his players back to earth with a bump.
Sunderland are still only five points clear of the relegation zone and 18th-placed Wigan have a game in hand, so there will be no shortage of motivation for the Black Cats.
Pulis said: "I don't think it'll be anything but (a backlash). We went to Villa to watch the game and I thought Villa were outstanding. Paolo will be disappointed but I'm sure he'll have them fired up for our game.
"Every manager who's been in that position who's worth his salt will want a response from the players and I'm sure they'll be going out there to try to do that."
Di Canio's month-long tenure in the Premier League has certainly been an eventful one, both on the pitch and off it, and the Italian's exuberant touchline antics are sure to be on show again should Sunderland come away with three points on Monday.
Pulis said: "He's a character, obviously he livens the league up. It's about having good players and getting them motivated and getting them out there.
"All managers have good times and bad times, all managers will have good games and bad games and they'll affect the team in lots of respects.
"You hope and pray your players go out there and perform but they're human beings, they have good times and bad times as well."
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