TONY PULIS has lavished praise upon his players following their spirited showing against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon . . . but admits to feeling slightly aggrieved that the one point they earned wasn’t turned into three having carved out the best opportunities of the game.
The City boss feels the Potters produced their best performance away at one of the Premier League’s big boys since winning promotion back in 2008, and feels that had his players managed to capitalise on a dominant opening 20 minutes then they could have been rewarded with a first-ever top-flight victory at Anfield.
"Every point that you gain away against one of the big Clubs is a fantastic point for sure," Pulis told Stoke City Player.
"But if we had taken one of the four chances that we had in the opening twenty minutes then this could have been a great day for the Football Club.
"Charlie [Adam] had a couple of chances that he will be disappointed to have missed, and even the corner we had right at the start - that should have been a goal for us.
"That is the only disappointment for me, because had we taken one or two of those chances then it would have been a fabulous win for us, but it wasn't to be and we have to leave here delighted with the point we
have picked up."
He added: "The second half was tough for us, and the lads look like they tired a little, but they dug in and worked really hard as a team. The effort and commitment from the lads was fabulous.
“We have had three goalless draws here now in recent years, but this was without doubt as well as we have performed here. Other years we have had that little bit of luck on our side, but today there wasn’t much difference between the teams, and that bodes well for us.”
One major disappointment for Pulis was the fact that Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury picked up during last weekend’s 2-0 victory against Swansea City, meaning he now looks likely to miss two vital upcoming international qualifiers for his country.
"He [Glenn] felt his hamstring again so we had no option than to take him off,” he said. “I'm pretty sure that he won't be off playing with Ireland, which will be a huge disappointment to him, as of course it is to us too.
"He is a massive Ireland supporter and he is a very patriotic lad, so he will be desperate to be out there playing for his country and helping them to get the results they are looking for over the next nine or ten days.
"Unfortunately though, with the injury that he has it looks unlikely that he will be able to play a part in any of their two games."