Pulis: Carson snub old news

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insists he bears no grudges after England goalkeeper Scott Carson turned him down to join Saturday's opponents West Brom.

Pulis agreed a £3.25million fee to take Carson from Liverpool in the summer, but the news was leaked to the media and the former Aston Villa loanee eventually chose the Hawthorns instead.

Pulis said: "Scott never played for us and that's history now. He had the opportunity to join us and he's gone to West Brom. That was his choice."

He added: "Sometimes you miss out on something and then get something better. We signed Thomas Sorensen and we've been delighted with him."

Welshman Pulis missed Carson's gaffe against Germany as he watched his countrymen win 1-0 in Denmark, who had Sorensen between the sticks.

He added: "I haven't seen a kick of the England game so I can't comment. I'll watch it on my television later but, as I say, Scott Carson plays for West Brom and not us.

"Wales did very well and I'm very pleased for (manager) John Toshack. He took some stick when he got rid of some of the old guard, but it was a smashing performance and a very good result."

Pulis takes great pride in the spirit he has instilled in the Stoke dressing room, but admitted that was put to the test in the wake of last week's 5-0 hammering at Manchester United.

He said: "We had to nurse a few broken hearts on Monday and we can't deny the fact that we were all very disappointed with the outcome.

"But we've washed that defeat away during the week and I have no doubt we will put it behind us and get ourselves up for what is a massive game on Saturday."

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