Pulis pleased to pick up point

Tony Pulis felt Stoke City picked up a ‘hard-earned point’ at

Sunderland and remains hopeful of a top-10 finish in the Premier

League this season.

Jon Walters’ early goal gave Stoke the perfect start at the

Stadium of Light and their task appeared to be boosted when

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner was sent off for a challenge on

Charlie Adam on 34 minutes.

However, Sunderland improved after the break and equalised

through John O’Shea on 63 minutes before seeing Danny Rose strike

the outside of the post late on.

Pulis told Sky Sports: “It was a hard-earned point and we knew

it was going to be.

“When the sending off happened, we had a couple of players

booked and coming in at half-time, they were a bit nervous as

anything could have seen them leave the pitch.

“I’ve got to give Sunderland a lot of credit, they showed a lot

of spirit and togetherness, so I’m pleased we got the point.

“It takes us to 41 points. There are lots of clubs down there

fighting this time round and I’m amazed it isn’t sorted out yet. It

seems to have happened at all levels, not just the Premier

League.”

The result moved Stoke six points ahead of the relegation zone

and, with games against Tottenham and Southampton to come, Pulis is

hoping for a positive end to the season.

He added: “I’m absolutely delighted to have come away with 41

points. We’re 11th in the Premier League.

“People get carried away with Stoke City and everything else,

but we’re 11th with two games to go.

“If we pick up a couple of wins, it would equal our record

number of points in the Premier League and I hope we can finish in

the top half, which would be absolutely brilliant for us.”