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Pulis praises persistent Potters

Tony Pulis watches on at Carrow Rowad  (©PAphotos)
Tony Pulis watches on at Carrow Rowad (©PAphotos).

Tony Pulis has praised the strong spirit of Stoke City for their hardy fight back against Norwich City, which saw them equalise to finish with a 1-1 away draw.

The Potters fought back at Carrow Road to pinch a point by drawing level with an injury-time goal from Kenwyne Jones.

But Pulis also accepted that the away draw was a good result considering Stoke’s missed chances and their Europa League fatigue.

"The lads never give up, they keep going, and they got what they deserved in the end," he said.

“A point was no more than we deserved in the circumstances.

"We were a little flat in the first half and that was probably because we were leg weary after the European trip. But we shrugged that off after the break and on another day we could have had a hatful of goals with all the chances that we created.

"It's still a good result because a lot was in Norwich's favour which made this very tough for us. It was their first home game after promotion, there was a full house roaring them on and we had been away in Europe while it was also a warm afternoon.”

Jon Walters had a controversial penalty saved as Stoke tried to claw back into the game, but their resolve paid off as they managed to repeat their stalemate run that began with a draw against Chelsea last weekend.


 

"This was a good test to see how we would react to playing in Europe in the week which is all new to us," added Pulis. "So I am delighted with the way that we battled our way back, although the penalty was the turning point in the game with them going down to ten men.

"It was a close call, but Jon had got round the defender and he went down as his momentum carried him into the area. But I've had a look at the television replays and we should have had a penalty in the first half when Jon was brought down by Ritchie De Laet."

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