TONY PULIS believes his side were much more like themselves against Arsenal on Saturday . . . despite slipping to an undeserved 1-0 defeat in North London.
Lukas Podolski’s fortuitous second half free-kick secured the victory for the hosts, denying the visitors of what would have been their first Premier League point at the Emirates Stadium.
The Potters had performed heroically throughout the encounter, with Asmir Begovic in-particular impressing during the opening 45 minutes.
Whilst Pulis was quick to acknowledge the contribution of the Bosnian international, he also made a point of praising the rest of the side following a performance which he described as being ‘much more Stoke like’.
“Asmir made one or two fantastic saves today, but it wasn’t just Asmir out there who played well,” he said following the game.
“I thought the other lads did well too, and we are very unfortunate to be leaving here with nothing to show for our efforts.
“We did well, and we looked a lot more like ourselves out there, which is pleasing. We have been too open recently and conceded a lot of goals, so it was important for us to play a more solid game today.”
He added: “We did really well, and I am pleased with the lads. It’s just massively disappointing to be leaving here empty handed.”
Pulis was also disappointed with the manner in which several Arsenal players pressurised referee Chris Foy and his linesman, before making the decision of whether to award the controversial winning goal.
“The way that their players were surrounding the linesman and the referee after the goal was very disappointing,” he said.
“If you surround the referee or linesman, with three, four or five players, then that isn’t right - you are not supposed to do that."