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Stoke City Vs Birmingham, Tue 9 Nov 2010

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Tony Pulis has called for the system under which referees are currently assessed to be overhauled in the wake of Saturday's defeat against Sunderland.

Even with a match against Birmingham looming, Pulis' mind was still on events at the Stadium of Light, where the Potters were denied a penalty for a clear handball on the line by Lee Cattermole, and then later had defender Ryan Shawcross sent off by referee Martin Atkinson.

These are just the latest decisions to infuriate Pulis, who believes the smaller Premier League clubs are getting a raw deal from referees.

And he wants to set up a system to ensure the men in black pay a price.

"It cannot be right that these decisions consistently go on without being addressed," Pulis told Sky Sports News.

"Don't kid yourself that this hasn't happened in the first two years that we were in the Premier League. We've had decisions that have been absolutely abysmal but we have kept our grace and just got on with things.

"We know we are not going to get certain decisions that other clubs are going to get. I think that has been made blatantly obvious over the past few games, but there comes a point where you have to stand up and say, 'This is not right'.

"The last thing I want to do is be sat here the day before a game talking about referees but I have to say the treatment this football club has had with respect to the decisions has been appalling."

Now Pulis wants to introduce a system where clubs themselves get to grade referees, and those receiving the worst marks would be `relegated' to the npower Championship.

"Over the weekend I have thought about it and I want to be constructive, so I think we should put in place a system where every Premier League club has a vote at the end of the season on referees, and the bottom three referees should be relegated to the Championship and the top three referees from the Championship should be promoted," he said.

"And you can mark referees at the end of a game."

Ryan Shawcross will miss out against the Blues following his red card at the weekend.

Shawcross was shown two yellow cards in the defeat.

Robert Huth is expected to move into the centre of defence, with either Danny Higginbotham or Andy Wilkinson coming into the side.

With no injuries to report, Pulis is otherwise expected to field an unchanged team.

Meanwhile, Alex McLeish has hailed the form of Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster since his summer move from Manchester United.

McLeish revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him Foster would be back in the England team by the end of the campaign when completing the #6million switch from Old Trafford.

Foster has been a model of consistency and produced what he described as the best save of his career to deny Carlton Cole during Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Ham at St Andrew's.

McLeish said: "That was a fantastic save, close in, point blank, and his reaction was wonderful. He had agility, the speed with which he got across was fantastic.

"You have to be in tip-top form to be able to move like that and Ben is in top form.

"You can see from that save and the penalty save he made earlier in the season that his form is spectacular.

"I knew we were getting a guy who just needed to play and even Sir Alex said to me when we signed him `he will be in the England team by the end of the season'.

"He is fighting Joe Hart for that position. He is a good `keeper."

McLeish is considering handing a start to Chile winger Jean Beausejour after recovering from his knee problem.

The former Scotland boss said: "He lacks match-fitness but when is he going to get match-fitness? I have to consider him.

"He is the one out-and-out winger we have and we have to change the dynamics of the team to get the service to Cameron Jerome and Nikola Zigic.

"If they are in the team, that's his type of game.

"We will try and get him as much involved in the action as possible over the coming weeks."

McLeish has no fresh injury concerns. Colin Doyle will continue to act as back-up for Foster while Maik Taylor nurses a shoulder injury which caused him to be ruled out of the weekend draw with West Ham.

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