Pulis praise for 'honest' Potters

BY foxsports • February 18, 2010

Vieira has been brought to book by the FA and faces a three-match ban following a challenge on Glenn Whelan that went unpunished by referee Alan Wiley during Manchester City's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday. Pulis believes his team should be given credit for the way they go about their business and feels they are at times unfairly labelled. He said: "Glenn gets kicked in the groin and he doesn't roll around as if he has been hit by a truck. He got up straight away. "You don't see our players surrounding the referee or surrounding Vieira and causing loads of trouble. People's perception of us is wrong. "We have a committed group of players, who give everything in every game. But we are an honest group. Sometimes we are labelled wrongly." Pulis revealed that he has been contacted by Wiley since Tuesday's game, although he did not say whether the official apologised to him. Regarding Vieira's FA charge, Pulis simply said: "We will see what happens. It is down to them." Rory Delap is not surprised the former Arsenal star has been charged, though. He said: "He has kicked out but we don't make a meal out of things here. If Glenn had it might have been different. "It was plain to see and should have been spotted at the time. But there were other things that were not spotted." Delap was referring to Ryan Shawcross's late effort that was disallowed by Wiley for a challenge on goalkeeper Shay Given. He said: "Someone spoke to Shay after the game and he said it wasn't a foul, which makes it even worse. "The referee told us you couldn't challenge the goalkeeper in the six-yard box. That's a new one to me." Potters chairman Peter Coates, meanwhile, has claimed Wiley's performance on Tuesday was another example of one of the league's smaller clubs getting a raw deal. "Referees do tend to favour the bigger clubs," he told the Stoke Sentinel. "That has been my experience for a long time. The big clubs do tend to get the big decisions more than the rest of us." Shawcross' header stemmed from a Rory Delap throw and Coates feels Stoke's reputation as a physical team might count against them. "That might be the case, but it shouldn't be. It is hard to tell," he added. "We play the game properly and in the right spirit and have a good record for the way we play the game." Coates was unhappy with Wiley's performance as a whole against Manchester City and the club have lodged their complaint. "They were very poor refereeing decisions. He got them wrong and we suffered as a result of it," said Coates. "We do complain from time to time, but that is all we can do. The game has been played now, but we do complain and send in the reports. "People say these things even up, but it doesn't seem that way. "We have had one or two decisions go our way, we are not blind to that. But, on the balance of these things, we are worse off."

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