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Pulis Rues Missed Chances

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis

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18:30 23rd February 2013

Manager desperate to turn away form around

TONY PULIS admitted his disappointment at not getting something from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Fulham… once again ruing missed opportunities in an away match.

The standout chance for the Potters was Jonathan Walters' missed penalty in the second-half, and Pulis believes the team have failed to grasp such moments throughout the campaign.

“It was the decisive point,” said Stoke City’s manager of the Irishman’s spot-kick, which was saved to his right by Fulham ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer.

“We’ve played a lot away games this year that have been very tight games, and again today it was a very close and tight game.

“When you get a chance like that you have to score them. If you get the goal, it gives the team more confidence to push on.

“If we’d have taken that chance, you go on and win the game for me. We haven’t been taking our chances though.”

The result means City have still only won once on the road in the Premier League this season, and Pulis admits it’s a concern yet remains confident in the team’s ability to pick up regular points on home 
turf at the Britannia Stadium.

“We need to do well at home – it’s been another season where away from home we haven’t picked up the points that I think we deserve,” he added.

“I don’t think we really deserved to lose the game today. We need to get a couple of good wins at home, and then that will give us more confidence.”

Positives from the televised match at Craven Cottage included the appearances of long-term injury victim Marc Wilson and debutant Brek Shea, while Pulis also praised the impact of local boy Ryan Shotton, who was one of the Potters’ better performers on the day.

“Marc looked a bit rusty but I was pleased to give him 90 minutes, and we got Brek involved too,” said Pulis post-match.

“It gave Brek a chance to see what the league’s like and what it’s about and how tough it is. I think he was surprised how quick the game is and how physical it is, but he’s a little bit behind really because he’s been injured a long time.

“I thought Shotts in our last game at home was our best defender, and I thought he was our best defender today. I thought he absolutely brilliant today.”

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