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Fulham's Mark Hughes in truce with Stoke's Tony Pulis


Hughes doesn't think red card changed game

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has drawn a line under his row with Stoke City boss Tony Pulis.

The pair clashed after Andy Wilkinson's challenge on Moussa Dembele in Stoke's 2-0 League Cup win in September and did not shake hands after the game.

A repeat followed the London club's 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium in December, but the pair embraced before and after Fulham's 2-0 win on Saturday.

"We were just two daft Welshmen a couple of weeks ago," said Hughes.

Two goals from Clint Dempsey, the second from the penalty spot after Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross was sent off for bringing down the United States international, sealed a third Premier League win in five games for the Cottagers.

"It was a good win today - pretty straightforward in all fairness," said Hughes, whose side have climbed to 14th in the table, four points above the relegation zone.

"We got the ball down, played our stuff and got the goals at good times. It was quite comfortable.

Pulis frustrated by red card for Shawcross

Hughes was also quick to pay tribute to Dempsey, who netted his eighth and ninth goals of the season.

"Sometimes you think Clint's not having an impact on the game, but he's had a positive influence in virtually every game he's played, with goals created or scored," said the former Blackburn and Manchester City boss.

"It was a great finish for the first, and a great touch to create the penalty by himself. He always has a positive impact."

Pulis was left to rue referee Stuart Attwell's decision to send off Shawcross, who now faces a two-match ban for his second red card of the season.

"It looked as though Dempsey was on the way down," said the Stoke boss. "Dempsey's a very clever player but, if you're the referee, you give it.

"The disappointing thing for me is they get the penalty, the kid gets sent off, and we lose him for two games.

"The punishment does not suit the crime there. It's very harsh for the club and for the kid.

"It's not a reckless or poor challenge, or a nasty challenge. But he's missing for two games."

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Fulham 2-0 Stoke
22 Jan 11 |  Premier League
Hughes fumes at tackle on Dembele
22 Sep 10 |  League Cup

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