Pulis delighted with Potters

01 March 2009 07:12
Stoke boss Tony Pulis was delighted with his side's late comeback against Aston Villa on Sunday. The Potters looked set to slump to yet another away defeat, after goals from Stiliyan Petrov and John Carew put Martin O'Neill's UEFA Champions League hopefuls in the driving seat. But a late double from Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan secured a vital draw at Villa Park, which could have a huge significance on Premier League survival come May. With Stoke conceding a late goal to draw with Portsmouth last Saturday, the Potters manager was relieved to see official Howard Webb signal full-time. "I was desperate for him to blow the whistle," Pulis told Sky Sports. "For long periods we were hanging on against a very good Villa side. "In the first half we were very poor but that was down to me. We tried to eliminate their wide players but it just didn't work. "We went back to a normal 4-4-2 and it was better in the second half. "When John Carew scored, you think the game is over but we had five great chances in the second half and this is an important point for us. "Everyone outside Stoke thinks we are the team that will get relegated. But we think we are going to stay up so the pressure is on everyone else."

Source: SKY_Sports