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Pulis: 'We were second best'

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis

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18:14 19th January 2013

Manager puts defeat down to bad day at the office

TONY PULIS pulled no punches after Stoke City suffered their third successive Barclays Premier League defeat in going down 3-1 to Swansea City.

Pulis admitted that the Potters were second best from start to finish as Michael Owen’s first goal for the Club provided only a small consolation for them.

Two-goal Jonathan de Guzman sealed Swansea’s success after defender Ben Davies had broken the deadlock for the Swans shortly after half-time.

“Right from the first whistle to the last whistle, we were second best,” commented City’s manager after the disappointing defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

“Over the course of a season, you have your good days, you have your bad days. This was certainly a bad day for us and there are no excuses for that.

“For whatever reason, it just didn’t go for us. We looked sluggish and were a yard short which you can’t afford to be against a side of Swansea’s quality.

“I thought that Cameron Jerome’s miss when we were still 2-0 down really summed up our day. We just have to take this on the chin and try to bounce back.”

He added: “It probably didn’t help us that we came down here early and then couldn’t do much because of the snow for a couple of days.

“And we went into this game without three of our recognised full-backs due to injury, but I don’t want to take anything away from Swansea.

“The attitude of their players was fantastic. They kept going after they had missed a number of good chances and they deserved their victory.”

Pulis drew some comfort from the fact that Owen got his name on the scoresheet when he glanced home a close-range header in injury-time.

“I’m pleased for Michael and this will give him some confidence,” said City’s manager. “He’s worked very hard to get himself fit and I thought he looked good when he came on. Now, we need to try and sort out a game for him this week.”

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