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Pulis hails Delap long throws

02 Nov 2008 - 11:09:18

Stoke City's long throw expert Rory Delap took the plaudits from manager Tony Pulis after helping the Potters to a superb 2-1 victory at home to Arsenal.

Delap's deliveries helped create both City goals, with Ricardo Fuller and Seyi Olofinjana making the Gunners rearguard pay for some hesitant defending.

Afterwards, Pulis said: "It causes so many problems. I think it's because they're so flat.

"They're not lofted into the air, he throws it pretty flat and it's very difficult for defenders to pick up the flight.

"I think the media have helped as well, though. With the publicity that has surrounded the long throw, people are worried to death before he even throws it.

"Although they are aware of it, we have scored a lot of goals from it. We do look dangerous, even today, from it and it's very, very difficult to stop.

"It was a fantastic result for this football team, for the squad and the city. Arsenal are a good team, actually good team? They are a great team with a great manager.

"The togetherness we showed, working so hard off the ball, was first-class.

"The midfield four blocked things up for them, the two up front worked so hard and Mama (Sidibe) was so important.

"We knew we couldn't get outnumbered in midfield and he's worked so hard, been so unselfish. It's not just him though, they've all had a go."


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