Saturday, 3 March 2012

Pulis Says - I Was Right To Axe Sorensen


Tony Pulis insists he is right to leave axed keeper Thomas Sorensen stewing on the sidelines.

Sorensen is still fuming at being dropped for the Premier League defeat of Swansea last weekend.

He was demoted after the Potters lost their previous four top flight games, with Asmir Begovic handed his spot.

And he moaned: ``We have had a spell where we haven't got the results we should have had. But I don't feel that it's my fault at all.''

Sorensen, who won his 100th cap for Denmark in midweek, has been in to see Pulis to demand an explanation for his omission.

But Pulis insists a series of slip ups cost the Dane his place and is now urging him to fight to win a recall.

The Potters boss said: ``Thomas has been up and had a chat. He is disappointed because he wanted to play.

``But we thought Thomas has looked a little bit tired.

``If you look at the games against West Brom, Sunderland and Fulham, there were incidents in those games where you expected him to do better than he did.

``We decided to give him a break and although he is unhappy, no pro should be happy when he is left out.

``Asmir's come in and done well. I watched Asmir on Tuesday night in Bosnia's game against Brazil and thought he was smashing in that game as well.''

Rather than be perturbed by Sorensen's outburst, Pulis is happy the keeper is livid at being left out.

He added: ``Both keepers are pushing each other and they know they will get a chance.

``I left Asmir out and Thomas came in and did brilliantly. Thomas has had a bit of a dip, and it changed again. They know now they have a real competition.

``The good thing is, it is really nice because the two of them are good pros. They don't want to be sitting around.

``They want to play football. Sometimes you get people who don't bother their backsides. They don't come in and ask about it and it makes you wonder.

``But for us, the keepers are the strongest area in the club. We have a very experienced keeper and one of the best young goalies in the country as well. So it's good.''

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