Wolves v Stoke reaction

Makeshift full-back Woodgate had already been booked when he

brought down Matt Jarvis for a penalty which was converted by

Stephen Hunt. But referee Anthony Taylor did not brandish a second

yellow card and Pulis was able to substitute Woodgate after just 19

minutes and reorganise to good effect. An own goal from Kevin

Doyle, when he deflected a free-kick from Robert Huth, and Peter

Crouch’s 99th league goal completed a Stoke comeback. Pulis said:

“Jonathan played really well against Tottenham. His first challenge

today was a poor challenge (for the booking) and that puts you on

edge straight away. “We had a bit of good fortune there. If he had

sent him off, we probably couldn’t have argued about it. “But when

I took him off he said ‘that’s a great decision, gaffer’ and that’s

from someone who has played for Real Madrid and is very much part

of what we want to do at this club.” Pulis admitted: “For the first

20-25 minutes, Wolves were very good, much better than us, but for

the last 20 minutes of the half I thought we came into the game and

had more opportunities. “In the second half we were the better

team. We stepped it up and we were the better team and deserved to

win it.” Stoke chalked up four successive Premier League wins for

the first time. Pulis said: “We have created history again. It is

the first time this club have won four on the trot in the Premier

League. “We need another 16 points to get to 40 and we will be

absolutely delighted again, doing somersaults.” Wolves boss Mick

Mccarthy believes referee Taylor should have sent off Woodgate and

was also unhappy with the free-kick awarded against skipper Roger

Johnson which led to Stoke’s equaliser. He said: “I don’t think

Stoke should have had 11 men on the pitch. “I’ve asked the referee

why Woodgate wasn’t booked again but he said it is between me and

him. “Tony Pulis was wise to it and took him off. “I also think

Roger Johnson got the ball when a free-kick was awarded against him

and then a deflected goal changes the course of the game.” McCarthy

added: “I’m pleased with our performance. I thought we played well.

I thought we were excellent. “I’m not coming here to criticise my

lads. I thought they were great. They defended all the free-kicks

and corners and were a real threat. “I don’t think the game is

going anywhere until that free-kick.”