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Tony Pulis has reaffirmed his hope Stoke can avoid referee Mike Dean for the rest of the season following Dean Whitehead's sending-off for two bookable offences against Tottenham last weekend.

Spurs went on to win the match 2-1 and Pulis revealed afterwards he had tried to have Dean removed from the game due to concerns over previous incidents earlier in the season. On Thursday the Stoke boss confirmed he had contacted the Referees' Association about the matter since the match and was waiting for their response.

"I've spoken to them again this week. They are going to give me a bit of time to cool down and then come and see me and have a chat with me," Pulis told Press Association Sport.

Asked if he hoped Dean would not be refereeing any of Stoke's games for the remainder of the campaign, Pulis said: "Yes, it would be really nice."

Pulis was incensed by Dean's decision, which he felt turned the entire course of the game.

"I thought we edged the first half and were the better team in a tight, tight game," Pulis said.

"Obviously the first four minutes of the second half, with the goal and then Dean being sent off, had a massive influence on the game.

"We have made our views very clear to the Referees Association about Mike Dean and we hope that will be rectified.

"But I've watched lots of games this year where challenges like that have not been punished, and we were desperately disappointed."

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