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City boss hails Fuller attitude
01 May 2009 - 11:46:33
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has praised striker Ricardo Fuller for his efforts in helping the club move clear of relegation trouble near the foot of the Premier League table.
The 29-year-old Jamaica international clashed with team-mate Andy Griffin during the 2-1 loss at West Ham just after Christmas, but has made up with his colleague and played a major role for the Potters in recent weeks.
Pulis told The Sentinel: "What he did that day was wrong and it's something I never want to happen again. But everybody makes mistakes in life and Ric has been smashing afterwards.
"He apologised to the players and has since worked as hard for this football club as he ever has. Ric is happy at the moment and that's what you want from Ricardo.
"He can be a difficult person to manage at times because he's so unpredictable, but underneath all that bravado he's a top, top person and I have a great relationship with him.
"Sometimes you don't even think he's on this planet, but that's Ric. It's his culture and he's a maverick.
"He can be a bit moody. Sometimes he's looking at you, but isn't really there. Then he goes on to the football field and you don't really know what you're going to get.
"But when he does perform, he's as good as anybody outside the top three or four clubs."