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Pulis bemoans referee timekeeping

Tony Pulis
Pulis feels his Stoke side are "hard done by" by Premier League officials

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says his team are being punished by Premier League officials who are inconsistent with their timekeeping.

"The facts state that we're being hard done by," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "If we're losing, we get less time added on, and if we're winning, we get more.

"The greatest example is our game against Tottenham. They said we were taking too much time with our throw-in.

"I took Rory [Delap] off after half-time, and he adds five minutes on."

He continued: "Then when we played Portsmouth in the Carling Cup, the referee added two minutes at the end of the first half.

"In the second half, there were three goals scored, six substitutions, and he adds two minutes on at the end.

"We know it's happening and it means our supporters have to work harder, we have to work harder, and the club needs to be more resilient."

The Potters were victim of a dubious decision that cost them a goal during the 2-2 draw against Wolves at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Wolves defender Jody Craddock appeared to be in an offside position when he diverted home a free-kick from Nenad Milijas and brought the visitors back into the game at 2-1.

"There's no question, he's offside," said Pulis. "Added to that, I didn't think it was a free-kick to start with."

Former Stoke loanee Craddock netted for a second time midway through the second half to leave the Potters shell-shocked, having led 2-0 at half time.



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