Stoke manager Tony Pulis was aggrieved to see his team have two strong penalty claims turned down in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to QPR at the Britannia Stadium - but admitted it was another poor defensive display which had really condemned them to their fourth straight loss in the Barclays Premier League.
"The big thing here is that we have conceded three goals and we have done that too regularly now," Pulis said. "Our defending has been pretty poor. You can see we are creating opportunities, but we have to be a lot stronger and tighter defensively. We are not at the moment and that is what is causing us problems."
The Potters' appeals for a spot-kick were waved away by referee Mike Jones in the seventh minute after Jermaine Pennant went down in the box under the attentions of QPR captain Joey Barton. The outcome was the same when Barton felled Robert Huth in the area towards the end of the game, leaving Pulis fuming.
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