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We’ll scrap for every point - Pulis

TONY Pulis insists Stoke will not rest on their laurels for the remainder of the campaign despite playing more than 50 games in all competitions.

Robert Huth’s header earned a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in last night’s Premier League clash after Andreas Weimann’s superb strike had opened the scoring.

Huth’s goal came after he netted in the weekend win at Wolves to banish any worries about the Potters sliding into the lower reaches of the table.

Pulis said: “That’s 51 games we’ve played now and the second we’ve had in three days.

“We lack a lot things but the one thing you can never criticise us for is our commitment and effort. We were disappointed to be losing. It was a great strike by the kid (Weimann), a fantastic finish, but it was their first effort on goal at that time and we came back well.”

Pulis added: “We’ve six games left and we’ve a responsibility to try and get as many points as we possibly can and try and finish in the top half of Premiership.”

Villa boss Alex McLeish saluted a wonder goal from Weimann as the Austria Under-21 international curled a 20-yard shot past Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic to give Villa a first-half lead in only his second senior start.

Havelange seriously ill

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange is seriously ill in a Rio de Janeiro hospital after suffering heart problems while recovering from an ankle infection.

Havelange was treated last month at the Samaritano Hospital when his condition was described as “serious”, and fresh concern for his health has emerged after the 95-year-old was admitted to the hospital’s coronary care unit.