Stoke v Tottenham;
Carling Cup third round;
Tues, 20th Sep; 1945 KO
Live Team Sheet
Stoke: Sorensen, Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Jerome.
Subs: Nash, Pugh, Diao, Walters, Delap, Crouch, Wilkinson.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Kaboul, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Livermore, Sandro, Giovani, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko.
Subs: Cudicini, Defoe, Falque, Townsend, Kane, Caballos, Luongo..
Pulis desperate for improvement
And Pulis believes that the loss was an important lesson for the Potters, for himself as well as the squad.
"It's a learning curve, not just for the football club, but for me as a manager as well to manage it in the right way,” he said.
"But as I have said before, if you burst that bubble and look outside at what's happening in the real world, then to make excuses is not right, and we won't be doing that at this football club.
"We will do our best, put a team out like we did yesterday, like we did in Kiev, like we did the previous weeks. We will put a team out.
"We want to have a go. Everybody has a go and everybody works hard - that's the bottom line. Everybody has a go and works hard.
"That's the stamp on this football club, and it will be while I am the manager. I expect everybody to give their best and whichever team I put out on Tuesday night, I expect them to give their best."
Stoke are facing a difficult schedule, with Europa League games and Barclays Premier League matches to juggle. Tottenham are in the same boat though, and the two will be evenly matched as they attempt to keep their Carling Cup hopes alive tonight.