TONY PULIS toasted Stoke City’s first away win of the season against high-flying West Bromwich Albion on Saturday . . . before declaring his hunger for more success on the road over the coming months.
Dean Whitehead’s first League goal in almost three years secured the Potters their first away League victory since a comfortable 2-0 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park right at the beginning of the year.
City, who maintained a superb run of form with the victory, were full value for their fourth win in five games, and speaking following the encounter, Pulis said he always sensed the elusive win was not far away.
“It’s undoubtedly a huge monkey off of our back, having finally picked up those three points here today,” the Welshman said in the post-match press conference.
“We have had four draws away from home this year and in a couple of those, we have been hugely unfortunate not to have won the game.
“We have performed a lot better on the road this season, but we have just needed that little bit of luck on the day to get us over the finishing line. Thankfully today, things went our way and we got the win we were all so desperate for.”
He added: “We felt a win would come if we continued to do the same things as we have been doing, and hopefully this win can prove to be the springboard for us to go on and pick up more points on the road.”
Pulis also revealed that he had spent time with the players looking at ways of nullifying the attacking threat of the Baggies, after highlighting them as the best counter-attacking side in the League.
“West Brom are arguably the best counter attacking side in the League this season, so we wanted to make sure that we weren’t stretched at any point in the game.
“We did that superbly well, and restricted them to pretty much one major chance throughout the game and that is extremely pleasing for us from a defensive point of view.
“We took our one big chance when that came along, and I am delighted for Deano to get the goal. He has been a bedrock at this Club since signing for us.”