Saturday, 26 January 2013

Tony Pulis Has Never Watched Cup Final Defeat DVD

Losing the FA Cup final to Manchester City two years ago hit Tony Pulis so hard he has never watched the DVD of the game.

The Stoke boss' big day out at Wembley in May 2011 was ruined when his team were beaten by Yaya Toure's strike.

He handed his loser's medal to his wife Debbie and tried to bury the loss at the back of his mind.

And as he eyes a revenge mission over the Premier League champions today, Pulis reveals the depth of the pain of the defeat when they last met in the cup.

Pulis said: "I’ve not even looked back at the game. I’ve not looked at anything like that.

"I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It’s a memory that when I hang my boots in a couple of years time maybe I’ll look at it then.

"I gave Debs the medal. I don’t know what she’s done with it.

"But I’ve not watched the game again – any part. I was very disappointed and have moved on."

Pulis tried to hide the disappointment of the defeat from his family in the hours after the game.

He added: "I couldn't get too down. I had my girls with me. We went out and had something to eat.

"You can’t be walking around with your head up your backside with your daughters about."

Overcoming a City side with a poor record at the Britannia Stadium today would bring him some crumbs of comfort, no doubt.

The Blues have failed to win on any of their last five visits to Stoke - and were knocked out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage back in 2010 on the Potters' home patch.

Stoke lost to Chelsea in the next round, a rare defeat in recent years in the FA Cup, and Pulis is quick to point out how highly he values the competition.

He added: "We have lost only lost three of our last 18 games in the FA Cup and those were away at Chelsea, away at Liverpool and in the cup final with City.

"We deserve a lot of credit for taking the FA Cup that seriously and our record in it has been phenomenal."

But he does admit his team need to tighten up at the back if they are going to beat City.

Stoke have let in 13 goals in their last four games.

And he blasted: "We had a good record but in the last couple of weeks we have got very sloppy. That's not us at all.

"We defend as a team and that is what we've fallen down on a little bit. One or two of them have stopped doing their jobs."

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