Stoke City boss Tony Pulis hailed his resilient defence after they kept Manchester City at bay in Saturday's 1-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters survived the first-half dismissal of Rory Delap to claim the points courtesy of a 45th minute goal from recent signing James Beattie.
"We showed tremendous resilience throughout, but in the second half we were outstanding," claimed Pulis.
"We work hard on our defending. We do a tremendous amount of work with our defensive eight against 11 in training because we know we will constantly be up against it against very, very good teams.
"I tell them, it's life, this is what you are going to have to do. You have to stick in there when we are put under pressure like that by very good players."
Meanwhile, Pulis had no complaints about Delap's red card, but hit out at the referee for failing to spot an earlier infringement.
Delap saw red for kicking the ball at Shaun Wright-Phillips in the 38th minute, just moments after the City winger had felled Matthew Etherington.
"As for the sending-off, I have no complaints about the decision because Rory should not have done what he did," admitted Pulis.
"But I am desperately disappointed with the decision seconds earlier not to penalise Wright-Phillips for his tackle on Etherington.
"He slid in and got nowhere near the ball. The decision not to penalise that was very poor, but I cannot condone what Rory did."