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Pulis rues Stoke's missed chances

Tony Pulis
Pulis' Stoke have won just once away in the Premier League this season

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has said that his side need to improve their finishing following the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.

City have scored just four goals in nine Premier League away games this season - fewer than any other team.

"No disrespect, but it's bad finishing," Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke.

"From all the chances we've created, how many saves as their goalkeeper had to make? We've got to do better than what we're doing."

Winger Matthew Etherington and striker Dave Kitson, who is currently on loan at Championship side Middlesbrough, are Stoke's top scorers this season with three goals each.

When the Potters did find the net at Villa Park, Mama Sidibe's header was ruled out for a foul on Stephen Warnock, which incensed the Stoke boss further when John Carew nodded in Villa's winner in a similar-looking incident.

"We've had a lot of decisions against us this year," added Pulis. "There was the penalty against Wigan, which was offside, and then Mike Dean booked Robert Huth. He couldn't play against Villa because of that.

"Then I go up to Burnley on Wednesday, the same referee gives a penalty for Burnley [against Arsenal].

"Thomas Vermaelen's is a similar tackle to Huth's, probably worse because his foot was high, and he never even spoke to Vermaelen. Why does he book a Stoke player and not an Arsenal player?

"Why do we not get that decision when Villa do get it? It's not right. You'll have to ask the referees why."

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