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Stoke boss Tony Pulis accepted his side were fortunate not to concede a penalty in the goalless draw with Fulham.

Defender Danny Higginbotham escaped unpunished after appearing to handle a Jimmy Bullard cross in the first half of a scrappy Barclays Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium. That added to Fulham's frustration after Andy Johnson had fallen into the box after a challenge from Glenn Whelan moments earlier.

"From the side, I was delighted it wasn't given," Pulis said of the Higginbotham incident. I don't think ours (when Ricardo Fuller went down after a push from Danny Murphy) was a penalty but I think theirs was, and I'm being as honest as I can."

Stoke striker Richard Cresswell, an early substitute after Mamady Sidibe was injured in the first minute, spurned the best chance of the game. Cresswell scooped over from 10 yards after combining well with Fuller late in the first half.

Pulis added: "In the Premier League you have to take your chances and we most probably had the best chance of the game when Ric played Richard in.

"If we'd have scored it would have been a different game. We've got a point, so I have to accept it. We'll take a point - we've got to."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson, whose side are still to win away this term, felt the result represented two points lost.

Hodgson said: "When you play as well as that and don't win the game, that's what I'm disappointed about. Credit to Stoke, they defended with great gusto and determination.

"But I do have the feeling, when you play like that and come to a difficult place to play, and having seen how we coped, I can't be anything other than disappointed we only took one point instead of three."

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Jimmy Bullard
Mamady Sidibe
Stoke City
Fulham
Football
Danny Higginbotham
Premier League
Richard Cresswell
Ricardo Fuller
Glenn Whelan

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