TONY PULIS felt an enormous sense of relief as he reflected on Stoke City’s second Barclays Premier League win of the season in their clash with Queens Park Rangers.
Pulis gladly welcomed the three points with open arms after Charlie Adam’s first goal for the Club ensured that they overcame a struggling QPR side at the Britannia Stadium.
Adam was on hand to fire home what proved to be the 52nd minute winner, although there were some anxious moments after that as they battled to hold onto their lead.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the win and that’s all that matters,” proclaimed Pulis after seeing the Potters climb to twelfth place in the Premier League table with the win.
“We have played a lot, lot better this season, but this was an occasion when the result mattered more than the performance, and we’ve got the win that we needed today.
“The longer that you go without winning a game, you get nervous, uptight and edgy, so it is a relief that we have got the win and hopefully we can push on from here now.”
He added: “I thought the supporters were fantastic. They could have been edgy as well, but they never let us down when we need them most, and that was certainly the case again today.
“Our home has been very good so far. That’s our fifth game and the way we have performed here should give everyone a lift. We’ve played five games – two of them against Arsenal and Manchester City – and we’re unbeaten and we’ve kept four clean sheets.
“Hopefully, that will give us the confidence to step up again because we all know what a big part our home form has played in the Club’s progress over the past few years.”
Pulis was delighted that deadline day signing Adam opened his account for the Club, popping up at the far post unmarked to fire home seven minutes after the break.
“We’ve moved Charlie around a bit to try and get him into good positions because we know he will score goals for us, as his record in the past shows,” said City’s boss.
“We’re delighted that it paid off today. The lad has been a bit anxious that he hasn’t got on the scoresheet for us before today and he’s probably been trying too hard. But we know he is capable of scoring and creating chances for us, as he showed in this game.”
Pulis had some words of consolation for fellow Welshman Mark Hughes after the result left QPR on the bottom of the table to pile more pressure on their manager.
“If you speak to Mark, you’ll find his situation is very similar to ourselves,”he added. “We’ve played games this season which we should never have lost.
“He’ll be disappointed with the chances that they have created today that they haven’t scored goals. But we have felt like that in previous matches.
“You need to eke out results, which is what we have done today. It wasn’t our best performance by a long way, but we’ve got the result we needed.”