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Stoke win delights manager Pulis

James Beattie
James Beattie's second goal for Stoke was enough to seal the points

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was delighted that the Potters ended a run of 11 games without a win with Saturday's 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

James Beattie's 45th minute header was enough to seal the win for the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.

Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "Whichever way you looked at it, it was always going to be a tough game.

"We're delighted. Today we showed what we're all about which is very pleasing, so long may that continue."

Stoke were reduced to 10 men in the 38th minute when Rory Delap was shown a straight red card for kicking the ball at Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The Stoke midfielder seemed to have been angered by Wright-Phillips' challenge on Glenn Whelan, and although Pulis admitted that Delap's actions were inexcusable he also criticised the way referee Martin Atkinson handled the situation.

"What Rory did was wrong and we can't condone his actions," said Pulis.

"But the challenge on Whelan was very poor and the referee should have given a free-kick for that.

"It is an injustice. We get punished at every opportunity and this is the second time we've played a team from Manchester where people have done things and not been punished."

Beattie's headed goal came as a result of a cross from Matthew Etherington and Pulis was keen to praise the former West Ham winger.

"I thought Matty was brilliant today," said Pulis.

"Beattie will get all the plaudits for sticking his head on it but Etherington was fantastic."

The success over Mark Hughes' side gave the Potters their sixth home win of the season and Pulis was again keen to pay tribute to the Britannia Stadium crowd.

"There wasn't 11 players out there today, there was 28,000 supporters," said Pulis.

"Every challenge, every pass and every tackle was cheered because the supporters knew we were up against it.

"There's no other supporters in the county that get behind the team like they do here and we need that for our last seven home games," he added.

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Stoke 1-0 Man City
31 Jan 09 |  Premier League

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