TONY PULIS bemoaned Stoke City’s failure to make the most of some gilt-edged chances after they slipped to a narrow defeat at Norwich City.
Pulis was particularly disappointed that Jonathan Walters and substitute Kenwyne Jones squandered opportunities to haul City level in their second half fightback after falling behind to a Bradley Johnson header shortly before half-time.
Walters saw his close range shot well-saved by Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy while Jones fired his shot wide of the far post from eight yards out.
“We’ve got to start taking our chances,” groaned City’s manager after the 1-0 defeat. “You look at Jon’s chance and you look at Kenwyne’s; they’ve got to be goals in the Premier League and both of them are disappointed they haven’t scored.
“That has been the story of our season so far, one of frustration, because we are creating the chances, but not making the most of them.”
He added: “Once again this season, we’ve played a game which we didn’t deserve to lose and, personally, I think we should have won the match.
“We looked the home side in the second half; we took the game to them and had we got the equaliser, I’m sure we would have gone on to win.
“But we need a break, that little bit of luck which we don’t seem to have had so often this season that would have put us in a better position.”
Pulis was unhappy with the circumstances which led to Johnson heading Norwich in front shortly before the break and made a point of going to speak to referee Andre Marriner after the game once he had seen replays of a couple of incidents.
City’s manager was disappointed that Charlie Adam was booked for what Marriner deemed to be a dive, while Robert Snodgrass went down easily under pressure from a pursuing Andy Wilkinson for the free kick which led to the home side’s goal.
“I thought that the officials got the decisions wrong, and they were big decisions for us,” commented Pulis in his post-match press conference.
“We’re very disappointed that the officials have had a very good view of both incidents. On the basis that the referee has booked Charlie for what he perceives to be a dive, even though Garrido has pushed him in the back, the lad has then gone down for the free kick which leads to their goal when Wilko has not made any contact with him.
“It’s a double kick in the teeth, but Andre has said he has given the decisions as he has seen them. He will take another look and when he sees them on the television, he might have a different opinion. But there you are, we all make mistakes.”