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Tony Pulis unhappy at Stoke's disallowed goal

Pulis unhappy with ref after defeat

Stoke manager Tony Pulis criticised the officials after his side were denied what would have been an equalising goal in their 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

A close-range shot from Jon Walters late on appeared to go over the line but referee Chris Foy, in consultation with the linesman, did not give it.

"Why he (Foy) has looked across at the linesman when he was only two yards away from it, goodness knows," he said.

"Sometimes they go for you, sometimes they don't. We'll take it on the chin."

The controversial incident happened in the final moments of a frantic encounter.

Two Gareth Bale goals - the second a stunning left-foot volley - either side of Ricardo Fuller's reply had put Spurs ahead, and despite a stern rearguard examination in the second half it looked like the Londoners would see out the win comfortably.


That was until Walters forced the ball goalwards amid a goalmouth scramble. Peter Crouch got down to clear the ball off the line - but Stoke were convinced the ball had crossed and appealed vehemently for a goal, only for their pleas to be waved away.

The incident is sure to heighten demands for video technology to be introduced into the game, but while Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said he would support those demands he felt justice had been done in not allowing the goal.

"There was a clear a foul on our goalkeeper in the build-up, a blatant foul by Robert Huth," he said. "He has pushed him with two hands.

"I saw it on the replay and that is what Gomes told me in the dressing room. I didn't see it when it happened.

"I'm all for technology, I am, but in the end justice was done because it was a foul.

"We deserved to win because in the first half they could not get near us. We passed the ball in fantastic fashion.

Spurs deserved Stoke win - Redknapp

"You are going to come under pressure here. That's the way they play. It is going to start coming in the box second half. You have got to deal with it. You are going to get scrambles and everything else. We knew that.

"It is a difficult place to come. They work their socks off. Tony Pulis gets the best out of his players all the time but overall we dealt with the pressure."

Pulis admitted, too, that a foul by Huth in the build-up should have been given, saying: "It looked a foul but if he doesn't give it then it is goal.

"Still, I don't think any referee goes out there to make a bad decision now."

Stoke have now suffered successive defeats after losing to Wolves on the opening day and Pulis added: "The first half we were not in it. We never pushed up enough and never got close enough to them.

"We pushed on in the second half and looked like the only team that was going to score. But it was not to be."

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