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Stoke boss Pulis bemoan poor refs

last updated Monday 04th January 2010, 8:32 PM
Stoke manager Tony Pulis
Stoke manager
Tony Pulis
Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes the Britannia Stadium's famed raucous atmosphere is working against them when it comes to getting favourable decisions from referees.

The Potters' self-styled 'loudest fans in England' certainly played their part in the club's survival last season, creating an intimidating atmosphere for visiting teams.

However, Pulis thinks that often counts against them when it comes to the big decisions.

"We could have had a lot more penalties that we haven't been given and that is a disappointment for me," said the Stoke boss.

"I think we have been let down at times by decisions that have been very poor -especially at the Britannia where the crowd has a reputation for being very ferocious and referees [think they] have got to stand up to it.

"It is okay standing up to it but you still have to make the right decisions and I think at times that has certainly played a part in them not making the right decisions."

Pulis will hope that is not the case when Fulham visit on Tuesday night.

Roy Hodgson's side are ninth in the Barclays Premier League, with their six-match unbeaten run only ending a week ago with the narrow defeat at Chelsea.

By contrast Stoke have lost their last three in the league, although they were four unbeaten at the Britannia until Birmingham won on December 28.

The 3-1 FA Cup victory over York at the weekend provided the necessary morale boost and Pulis hopes they can now pick up some momentum again.

"I think it was important for us to win and we scored three goals as well so that will give everyone a lift," added the Potters boss.

"It is important the players are ready for action. If we have got the crowd behind us and we are up for it and giving it a go then we have got a chance against anyone."

On the visit of Fulham the Stoke boss added: "They have been in the Premier League quite a number of years and they have done well.

"They have stayed in the league and built up a very experienced team and Roy has got them playing some good football.

"I hope we beat them, but it is really nice to see a football club doing well with an English manager."

Source Carl Markham at PASport
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