TONY PULIS turned his attention to two important events next week following the disappointment of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City.
Pulis will be hoping his side can bounce back to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday evening when they face strugglers Wigan Athletic at the Britannia Stadium before the January transfer window closes 48 hours later.
City’s manager had few complaints about the outcome of the FA Cup fourth round tie which was settled by a late goal from Pablo Zabaletta.
Although he picked an attacking line-up for the live televised fourth round tie, the Potters rarely threatened to break down the champions’ defence as they kept a fifth successive clean sheet, despite their loss of captain Vincent Kompany with an injury.
“It was disappointing in many respects that we didn’t create more chances because we wanted to have a go,” commented Pulis afterwards.
“Hopefully, we will rectify that in the transfer window. We need to get one or two fresh faces in and fingers crossed we can make things happen.
“We’ll certainly be working hard to wheel and deal. But we have to do things right at this Football Club, so I am sure it will be busy over the next few days.”
Before that, City must focus on their meeting with Wigan in the Premier League and Pulis added: “We’ve got to move on now because getting to 40 points is the priority, as it has always been and we now have a massive game on Tuesday.
“There are no gimmes in this League and Wigan will be a tough one. They are fighting for their lives and they have been a little bit of a bogey side for us.
“They are a good side, but we have played well against them for long periods in recent matches, but have not got the results that we have deserved.”
City boss said of the cup tie: “We wanted to have a go, but when you do that against the top teams, you leave yourselves open and they’ve got real quality when they break.
“In cup ties against the top, top teams, you need them to be a bit below par and you have to be right on it. But I thought Manchester City’s approach was excellent. The attitude of their players and everything else was absolutely first class.
“We hoped we would get the opportunities, because we knew they would create chances, and then you are looking to get the breaks in front of goal.
“We had good opportunities on occasions, but never turned them into chances. Even with their goal, Matty Etherington could have played in Jon Walters down the line, but Zabaletta cuts it out and starts the move from which he eventually scores.”