Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has given his personal thanks to the fans who got behind his side at Wembley.

The Potters took their full allocation of close to 30,000 with them to the capital, although the club's 12th man couldn't help spur the side past big-spending Manchester City.

Despite the 1-0 defeat, Stoke fans remained in their seats for the trophy presentations and saluted their players after a disappointing performance on the big stage.

"This really goes to show how close the supporters are to this Football Club," said the Welshman.

"They were fantastic once again and it was a magnificent gesture that nearly everybody was still there to see the trophy presentation. It's pretty unique for fans of the losing team to do that these days, but these are a special set of supporters."


Pulis has immediately turned his attention to the next two league games, noting that cup final defeat can't lead to a slip in the Barclays Premier League.

With Manchester City up next, the Potters will be keen to put things right immediately and move up the table.

"It's important now that we don't fall away in the final two games," Pulis continued when talking to the official Stoke City website.

"We have a very difficult game against City, but then the players will want to put on a big performance against Wigan at the Britannia Stadium next Sunday to show their appreciation to the supporters for their part in the success that we have achieved this season."

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