Whelan focuses on the final

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Stoke’s former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, Glenn Whelan, has warned his team-mates they must forget their five-star performance in the FA Cup semi-finals because it will mean nothing unless they match it in the final against Manchester City.

The Potters thrashed Bolton 5-0 at Wembley two weeks ago. The 27-year-old said: “Winning 5-0 we’ve maybe changed a few people’s minds but you’re only as good as your last game.

“It was a great day and a great occasion but we haven’t done anything yet. We want to win the final.”

The Wembley date with City (May 14) will be the culmination of three years in the Premier League where Stoke have consistently defied expectations under boss Tony Pulis. Whelan hailed the achievements of Pulis, who began his second spell with Stoke in 2006 before winning promotion two years later.

“He’s done really well. Since I’ve been at Stoke we’ve improved every year” said Whelan, a £500,000 signing from Wednesday in 2008.

“To think this season we could finish in the top 10 and be in a cup final, it’s unbelievable.

“It’s been a big change. We’ve become a team to be reckoned with. I don’t think there’s too many teams who want to be playing Stoke week in, week out.”

It has been a mixed season for Whelan, with the Ireland international out of the team around the turn of the year before winning his place back in February.