Stoke manager Tony Pulis savoured his club's "fantastic times" as they added a place in the last eight of the Carling Cup to their best top-flight season for more than 25 years.

The Potters comfortably beat Coca-Cola League Two side Rotherham 2-0 in the fourth round to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 30 years.

Glenn Whelan and Danny Pugh scored the goals to finally end the Yorkshire club's brave fight. And Pulis said: "Whoever we get now in the last eight we will handle it. The big sides are still there, but we'll not be frightened of that.

He added: "I just want another home draw, we will enjoy that. It is the first time for a very long time that this club has been in the finals of a major competition.

"We are 12th in the league and in the league cup quarter-finals, it is absolutely fantastic times for us."

Stoke will end a great week by playing Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League.

But Pulis said: "We will enjoy this one now, and worry about playing Manchester United next on Friday."

For Rotherham boss Mark Robins there was plenty of positives for his side, who have battled successfully to overcome a 17-point deduction this term as well as producing a string of giant killings in two cup competitions.

He said: "It was always going to be a tough one, but I wanted us to give a good account of ourselves, and we certainly did more than that.

"If we had believed in ourselves a bit more we may have got more out of it. We played some good football and they were nervy about us at times."

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