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Pulis hails Stoke spirit

Stoke boss Tony Pulis praised the character of his team after they twice came from behind at the DW Stadium. The Latics scored at the start of both halves, with Shaun Maloney's penalty putting them 1-0 up just five minutes into the contest after James McCarthy's shot had struck Robert Huth's hand.





The Potters levelled in similar circumstances on 40 minutes, Maynor Figueroa handling the ball and Jon Walters converting from the spot, and then, having fallen behind once more through Franco Di Santo's 49th-minute goal on the break, the visitors again battled back to earn a point, Peter Crouch heading in the equaliser with 14 minutes to go.

They might have come away with all three if it had not been for Ali Al Habsi's superb save to keep out a deflected free-kick from debutant Charlie Adam in the final 10 minutes, and assessing the performance, Pulis said: "Our attitude and character was fabulous. I thought we had the better clear-cut chances and the save from the goalkeeper was a fantastic save, unbelievable."

Pulis' opposite number Roberto Martinez was satisfied to take a point from the match and lauded Al Habsi's display: "We started really brightly and got the goal we deserved, but then you are looking at the manner in which the game opened up and it could have gone either way.

"I think the best compliment you can say (regarding Al Habsi's late save) is that we are not surprised any more."

Sunday Indo Sport