Pulis Fury at Inept defending

Last updated : 28 January 2009 By Richard Murphy
The Potters, who have defended resolutely against Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks were all at sea as Spurs raced into a three goal lead inside 25 minutes. The Stoke boss, refusing to blame the recent trip to Dubai, said that it was the worst display of the season as the team simply did not get into Tottenham and gave their quality players, like Modric, the opportunity to play their football.

Although things improved in the second half, and James Beattie scored his first goal for the club, the game was already beyond Stoke by this time. Tony Pulis did single out Beattie and other recent signing Matthew Etherington as being the only players who stood out on the night, although he also said their may be excuses for Abdoulaye Faye and Andy Wilkinson, who had to come off ill and injured respectively.