'A Fantastic Achievement' - Pulis
TONY PULIS hailed Stoke City's achievement in making it three successive top-flight victories for the first time in 26 years . . . as their rollercoaster ride of a season reached another high point at West Bromwich Albion.
Pulis' side followed up their triumphs over Birmingham City and Liverpool with an emphatic 3-0 victory over the Baggies at the Hawthorns on Saturday, a win that lifted them to eighth place in the Barclays Premier League table.
Two-goal Jon Walters sealed the win with his late strikes after Matthew Etherington had fired home a 55th minute penalty to put the Potters in front.
"It's the first time for 26 years this Club has won three successive games at this level which is a fantastic achievement," said Pulis.
"It's been a season of ups and downs so far because we started with three defeats, then had a good run in September and more recently these three successive wins have come off the back of a sequence four defeats.
"As I've said before, it's important for us to stay level headed and focused through all this. We'll leave it to the supporters to get carried away when we have a run like this and a bit down in the dumps when we lose a few games."
Pulis was delighted with the way his side responded to some harsh words during the half time interval after a poor first half.
"We had a go at them at half time and they stepped it up after the break," he revealed. "We were particularly disappointed with our final ball on occasions, especially when you have so much pace in the side to cause problems.
"We came here and played with four front men, but we allowed Albion to move the ball around well in the first half, although they didn't create too many clearcut chances. But we looked a lot better after the break and gout our reward."
He added: "We were due a few decisions, so we've got a couple today. I haven't seen them yet but I do hope they are good decisions."
Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo said afterwards: "Football can be very cruel sometimes and this was an example. It was an incredible scoreline."
The former Chelsea star was disappointed with the decisions to award City two penalties in the second half which set-up City's triumph.
"There was minimal contact for the first one and he went down very easily," he said. "The second one was harsh too, there was not much in it."