TONY PULIS could not hide his frustration after 10-man Stoke City slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Charlie Adam’s dismissal in the second minute of the second half put a dampener on the afternoon for the Potters as the Club celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a string of special pre-match events.
A parade of Stoke greats created a barn-storming atmosphere at the Britannia Stadium and Pulis’ men responded by taking a third minute lead as Steven Nzonzi headed them in front from an Adam free-kick.
Spurs hit back midway through the first half through Clint Dempsey, but the tide really turned when Adam was given his marching orders after collecting a second yellow card.
The visitors made their numerical advantage count eight minutes from time when Emmanuel Adebayor converted Dempsey’s cross from close range.
Pulis said: “I’ve watched the two incidents on TV and I thought with the first one, Charlie didn’t touch Vertonghen at the back post.
“He went in with his foot high but he’s going in to connect with the ball coming across the box. That was disappointing – I don’t think that was a booking.
“The second one Charlie has made a mistake by sliding in but again I don’t think he touched Vertonghen.
“The disappointing thing is I watch football week in, week out and you see some challenges in some games that don’t get bookings.
“And then you see two like that today that receive yellow cards and a player sent off and that’s disappointing. It’s really disappointing.
“What disappoints me is that we had a full house here, it’s been a great day and they’ve turned up to watch a real good game of football and it has been taken away from them; the game was not then a game.
“It’s our 150th Anniversary and, in my opinion, the two challenges I’m not sure are bookings.”
Despite his disappointment over the red card, Pulis was satisfied with the way his side went about their business, particularly with 10 men.
He said: “What good teams do is keep the ball in front of you and move it across the park and frustrate the life out of you.
“What you mustn’t do is get dragged into it and lose your shape and discipline because they do move the ball past and across the pitch very, very well.
“The lads kept their shape. We’re disappointed with the second goal –the ball played forward took a deflection and gets the lad in. If it hadn’t been deflected the lad he’s playing it to was offside but it did get deflected and went to a player who was onside.
“That was perhaps a little bit of luck that we needed but didn’t get today.”
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, meanwhile, was delighted his side showed the grit and determination to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
He said: “Part of Stoke’s strengths is their set-plays; the delivery was absolutely amazing and they managed to break us down straight away.
“We managed to control the other ones ever so well but in that one we were beaten.
“The circumstances turned a little bit more difficult but I’m extremely happy for the team, for the way they were patient in the game and kept the ball moving very well and completed an important number of passes.
“And eventually when we managed to get the breakthrough we managed to get the result.”