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Pulis rues missing out on Craddock
Published : 01 Nov 2009 10:20:00
Stoke boss Tony Pulis was left to regret failing to sign Wolves defender Jody Craddock two years ago after his double second-half blast rescued a point for Mick McCarthy's side. Craddock, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Britannia Stadium, had previously scored only eight league goals in six years at Wolves, but his brace helped Mick McCarthy's side recover from conceding a George Elokobi own goal and a Matthew Etherington volley to draw 2-2 at the Britannia Stadium. Pulis confirmed: "We tried to make Jody Craddock's loan move permanent a couple of years ago. We liked Jody. At the time we thought we could get a deal done. Unfortunately at the time, Wolves picked up a couple of injuries and it wasn't done." Pulis was unhappy with Craddock's opening goal and felt it was offside as his side surrendered the initiative after dominating the first half. He added: "The disappointing thing was that the referee blew for half-time. If the game had continued, we would have kept the momentum going. "Then they score at the start of the second half and it gives them a massive lift and knocks our lads. The free-kick leading to the goal was a poor decision to start with and Craddock looks a yard offside. They've been given a leg-up by the officials there and from there on we took a step back and they pushed on."