Pulis pleased with win

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis was delighted with his side after
they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse scored early in the second half for the visitors,
but Stoke battled back to level through Jonathan Walters before
Cameron Jerome swept home the winner with five minutes
remaining.

“Their goal gave them a lift but they are still a good side.
Although they have players missing they are still a good side and
it is a great victory for us, we showed great character,” he
said.

“We missed a couple of really good opportunities to go in front
and when they score you have to show a lot of character to get back
in the game and then go on and win it.”

Pulis brought on goal hero Jerome, who also created Walters’s
equaliser, just after the hour and he believes his introduction
along with that of Michael Kightly changed the game.

“For 15 to 20 minutes they looked very comfortable and then we
made the changes with Kights and Cameron Jerome and that changed
the game.

“They livened it up for us. Cameron and Michael came on, they
gave us pace and livened us up and if you look at the chances we
missed it certainly pushed them back and gave us opportunities to
score.”

Pulis was particularly pleased with Jerome’s winner, adding: “It
was lovely for him to score, he has been great around the place.
Him and Kenwyne Jones have been very frustrated that they have not
played and I understand that but the two of them have come on and
really shown their class and I was really pleased for them and
Michael too.”

The Stoke boss admits he is pleased that their form has picked
up in recent weeks.

“10 from 12, we will take it whether we are winning or losing,
we are pleased to be on a good run but nobody will get carried
away,” he added.

He also gave an update on Peter Crouch’s injury as he was forced
off early on after being caught by a stray arm from Fabricio
Coloccini.

“The doctor had couple of teeth in his hand when he walked off
and he has one or two right in his gum too so he is going to have
to have a little bit of work done on his teeth,” he confirmed.