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Pulis proud of battling Potters

14 Sep 2009 - 16:11:49

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is confident his side will bounce back from their heartbreaking 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea.

The Potters looked set to claim a hard-earned point until Florent Malouda struck the winner for the visitors in the last few seconds of stoppage time.

Pulis said: "We'll have a good chat about it to make sure they quickly put it behind them.

"But there should be no great problem because they're good professionals and we showed we could bounce back from similar disappointments last season.

"We'll make sure there'll be nobody feeling sorry for themselves and that they'll be ready to kick on again straight away.

"It's just a kick in the stomach and we've had those a few times from Chelsea, but we've given them a run for their money and full credit to our lads for doing that.

"I think their youth policy has cost them £65million and goodness knows what their first team has cost them.

"We wanted to hold them for an hour or so because then they push on and leave a bit more space. Our intention was to get our quicker players on like Ricardo (Fuller), Matty (Etherington) and Tuncay when that happened.

"Someone told me that 13 minutes of injury time is a record for a Premier League game. But irrespective of how much time he gives, we have to defend to the very end."


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