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Pulis blasts wasteful Stoke

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was disappointed with his team’s failures in front of goal despite recording a 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Charlie Adam netted for the second successive home game and Stoke were able to hold off a late barrage from the visitors to take all three points at the Britannia Stadium.

But a lack of killer instinct left Pulis frustrated with his side, who now sit eleventh on the Premier League table.

“I’m really disappointed we have not won the game by more goals,” he said.

“Even just looking at the first half, if you look at the chances, Robert (Huth) has missed a point-blank header from a corner and Ryan (Shawcross) hits the bar when he is almost under the goal.

“There were some great opportunities and in the second half we had more. Then in the last few minutes, you are starting to scramble.

“We had so many chances and you get a little bit uptight because you know one mistake could have cost us the game – a game that we should have been out of sight in.”

Meanwhile, Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted his side failed to get into the contest in the first half and ultimately paid the price.

“In the second half we did better – in the first half it was exactly the same as it is for most of the teams here, and probably how it was for us last year,” Jol said.

“We couldn’t get out of our half. We still wanted to play, but it was difficult and then you get the long balls and they close you down, pressurise you, play their style.

“It was not easy for us – we play a different style.”

Sat 24 November, 2012
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