Strong Potters delight Pulis

09 November 2008 08:50
Tony Pulis heaped praise on the defensive display of his Stoke City side after Saturday's goalless draw with Wigan Athletic. Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen made sure the Potters picked up only their second away point of the season with three excellent second-half saves in a game of few other chances at the JJB Stadium. "I thought it was a really good defensive performance from us - the lads threw their bodies in the way," Pulis told his club's official website. "With the effort and commitment of our players, you'll always get that. "You must not under-estimate Wigan, they have some very good players and a very talented front four, but we've done well. "We were solid. Wigan have got some big physical players, people talk about us being strong and physical but so are they, and the lads stood up to it today." Meanwhile, Pulis revealed the point came at a cost as Mamady Sidibe, Danny Higginbotham and Salif Diao all picked up knocks ahead of Tuesday's Carling Cup meeting with Rotherham. "Mama's hurt his ankle so we'll look at him on Monday," added Pulis. "Danny has a hamstring problem and Salif's thigh is a bit sore so we'll assess the lads ahead of Tuesday."

Source: ESA