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Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis

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18:18 22nd December 2012

Manager happy with point after White Hart Lane stalemate

TONY PULIS praised the discipline and determination of his side… as they came away from White Hart Lane with a valuable point following their 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

City were more than a match for their top-four chasing opponents in the opening period, but Spurs pushed for a winner after the break and City had Asmir Begovic to thank as he made a spectacular save to deny 
Gyfil Sigurdsson stoppage time.

The Potters’ manager admitted he was delighted with the result considering the quality of the opposition, but believes they could snatched all three had they been a bit clinical in front of goal when opportunities presented themselves.

“We’re very pleased that we came away from the game with a point,” said Pulis after the final whistle.

“To get a clean sheet here, we’re absolutely delighted. I thought we played really well first half and created a few chances but just didn’t put them away.”

“The second-half was more backs to the wall and that’s when the determination was called for.”

“I think you’ve got to put things in perspective. To give our players credit, and they deserve a lot of credit, Tottenham are on a different level to us really. If you’ve got good team spirit and good organisation, though, then you’ve got a chance of doing well against anybody.”

Begovic’s last-ditch stop ensured City’s run of undefeated Premier League was increased to eight – their longest since returning to the top flight – and Pulis praised the impact of his goalkeeper.

“It was a great save. Asmir’s been fantastic since he’s walked in,” he added.

“He’s been a dream really. He’s a great pro and he works his socks off, but the rest of team do as well. You have to give them a lot of credit.”

“They are very committed, very organised and they work the way that we want them to.”

Despite the result guaranteeing that the Potters will occupy a top-half position in the Premier League at Christmas, Pulis is refusing to get carried away.

“We still need 14 or 15 points to stay up, and that will always be our priority to stay in the Premier League and get a little bit better each season,” he said.

“We don’t get carried away with anyone or anything outside the walls of the football club.

“We’ve got Liverpool, and then we’ve got Southampton at home which will be a really tough game and then we’ve got Manchester City, so it’s a tough period for us coming up.”

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