Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald paid tribute to opposite number Tony Pulis' strength of character after the Stoke boss watched his side's 2-1 win over Villa following the death of his mother earlier in the day.
Pulis travelled back from Newport after spending the day with family and arrived just after kick-off. However, he did not take his place on the touchline until the second half, when his side were already losing, but witnessed a character-filled comeback with an injury-time winner from Robert Huth.
Huth deflected home Matt Etherington's shot in the third minute of injury time. Stewart Downing's 35th-minute diving header had put Villa ahead but £8million club-record signing Kenwyne Jones equalised with 10 minutes to go of his home debut.
"I feel very sad for Tony but he is a wonderful man. I don't think it would have changed the way his team played," said MacDonald.
"I think the way they acknowledge how good he is to them showed in the first half as well."
On the result he added: "We're very disappointed in the result but we know that happens in football."