I for­got how windy it is at Stoke, says Pulis

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

MID­DLES­BROUGH man­ager Tony Pulis, who spent over a decade at the helm at Stoke City, is still un­beaten against his for­mer em­ploy­ers.

The vis­i­tors’ dress­ing room was struck down with a sick­ness bug in the build-up to the game, and Pulis said: “It hasn’t been good and a cou­ple of play­ers have played [against Stoke] who haven’t been 100 per cent.

“What you’ve seen again is the play­ers give ev­ery­thing for this foot­ball club. That’s all you can ask for.

“Ev­ery­one has bought into that spirit I want as a man­ager. They’ve shown it again and that spirit takes you a long way.

“The con­di­tions were very dif­fi­cult to start with and both sets of play­ers went about it in the right man­ner.

“A lit­tle bit of qual­ity and com­po­sure in the fi­nal third could have won us the match.

“You’re al­ways pleased with a point away from home.

“I know more than any­one how tough a place this is to come. I ac­tu­ally for­got how windy this place can be”

Gary Rowett’s pow­er­ful Pot­ters cre­ated nu­mer­ous clear-cut chances, but failed to breach the most wa­ter­tight de­fence in the English Foot­ball League. Boro have con­ceded just eight league goals so far this sea­son.

Stoke’s star-stud­ded front three of Benik Afobe, Tom Ince and Saido Ber­ahino all had de­cent chances to find the back of the net.

But Dar­ren Ran­dolph pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the game goal­less as did his op­po­site num­ber Jack But­land.

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