Date: 29th August 2015 at 8:59pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has admitted we made hard work of the victory over nine man Stoke today on his first return to the Britannia Stadium.

Audio – Pulis On Three Stoke Points

Speaking to the E&S following the one nil win courtesy of a maiden goal from new record signing Salomon Rondon, Pulis explained when asked if we’d made hard work of the 90 minutes.

‘Yeah, very much so. The first half when the players were sent off I thought we did okay and Salomon scored a great goal. When it was 11 vs 11 they looked the better side and looked more threatening although we probably had the best chance with James Morrison.’

Pulis went on to reference the one Jack Butland save in particular, saying he has no idea how their keeper kept that out because it was a ‘remarkable’ stop.

As for Salomon himself, the gaffer went on to add.

‘I`m really pleased with Salomon. He`s still not 110 per cent fit and he needs games and time and the opportunity to get used to football in England, but his movement off the ball was first-class. Lambert`s pass and his finish was very very good.’

With the double sending off, Pulis said he’d have to see both incidents back again on replay before he commented on them, and he turned the conversation to his return to the ground that saw him and Dave Kemp get a warm reception ahead of the opening whistle.

‘The respect you get or I got is just special. They`re a special lot and it`s a special club and it will always be close to me and the family because we spent a lot of time here. What people forget is the first time round with the Icelandics in charge and how difficult and tough that was, the final game of that season, beating Reading to stay in the Championship. I think the majority of the supporters will remember that game not the games where we got promoted and then the Premier League games and then Valencia and Man City in the cup final or Bolton in the semi-final. A lot of supporters still look back at those days and they were dark days at times, but we kept going and kept the club going and in the Championship.’

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