Wednesday 16 October 2019

Stoke feeling fortunate


John Curtis

Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted Jonathan Woodgate was fortunate not to be sent off after his side registered a fourth successive Premier League win away to Wolves.

Makeshift left-back Woodgate had already been booked when he brought down Matt Jarvis for a penalty which was converted by Stephen Hunt. But referee Anthony Taylor did not brandish a second yellow and Pulis was able to substitute Woodgate after just 19 minutes and reorganise. An own goal from Kevin Doyle, when he deflected a free-kick from Robert Huth, and Peter Crouch's 99th league goal completed a Stoke comeback.

"Jonathan played really well against Tottenham. His first challenge today was a poor challenge [for the booking] and that puts you on edge straight away," said Pulis. "We had a bit of good fortune there. If he had sent him off, we probably couldn't have argued about it. But when I took him off he said 'that's a great decision gaffer' and that's from someone who has played for Real Madrid and is very much part of what we want to do at this club."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy believes referee Taylor should have sent off Woodgate and was also unhappy with the free-kick against Roger Johnson which led to Stoke's equaliser. "I don't think Stoke should have had 11 men on the pitch," he said.

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