Pulis not getting carried away
By Football News
Tony Pulis refused to get carried away despite Stoke's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.
Goals from Jon Walter and Cameron Jerome inside the last 10 minutes earned the Stoke the three points and ninth place on the table.
But the slump continued for the Tynesiders as they suffered a fourth successive league defeat for the first time since 2008.
"We won't get carried away, we've had a couple of very good results at home, to take six points from Fulham and Newcastle is very, very pleasing," Pulis told reporters.
"But at this football club whether we're third from bottom or ninth it makes no difference, we just carry on what we do and we do it to the best of our ability.
"We were unlucky first half with the one that hits the post, if that goes in it takes some pressure off, and when they score from a mistake by Asmir (Begovic) who should do better than that, you think it's not going to be your night.
"Couple of substitutions, Cameron Jerome and Michael Kightly added some pace and power to it and I think in the end we deserved to win the game.
"Cameron and Kenwyne (Jones) haven't played many games this year but their attitudes have been first class.
"It's very difficult keeping players happy who are not in the team but Cameron has shown his class, it was a great finish, the crowd were at their best and they almost suck the ball into the net."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew found the late goals hard to fathom.
"After 75 minutes we were bossing the game, 1-0 up looking like we were going to get a second, I thought we had a definite penalty that wasn't given, and two sucker punches have cost us," he said.
"I feel so sorry for the players because it's been a tough little spell for us with the blows we've had on the injury front and we've put in a really great performance here and ended up with nothing, it's hard to look your players in the eye and say you've carried the game plan through and got nothing.
"Obviously goals do change the situation but I felt the least we deserved was a draw so the second goal was a real bad one.
"It's the run of results that's the problem and we've got to stop that, we couldn't have done anymore to stop it tonight and unfortunately we've just come up short, the players were magnificent tonight, I couldn't say that Sunday but I can tonight. "