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Pulis slams referee over Adam dismissal

Created on 12 May., 2013 8:41 PM GMT

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has voiced his frustration after Charlie Adam was sent-off in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The Scottish midfielder was dismissed after being shown two yellow cards either side of half-time by referee Kevin Friend. 

Tottenham's numerical advantage eventually told, with Emmanuel Adebayor netting the winner seven minutes from time after Clint Dempsey had cancelled out Steven N'Zonzi's early opener.

However, Pulis does not believe Adam deserved to receive a red card, stressing his belief that many greater offences have gone unpunished during other games.

"I thought the first one, Charlie has gone in and I think he's touched (Jan) Vertonghen at the back post, he's gone in with his foot high but he's gone in to connect with the ball coming across the box and that was disappointing as I don't think that's a booking," Pulis said.

"On the second one Charlie has made a mistake by sliding in and again I don't think he touches Vertonghen. "You see some challenges in some games that don't get bookings and then you see two like that which receive yellow cards and the player is sent-off and that disappoints you."

The Stoke boss also bemoaned his side's luck after seeing a deflection play Dempsey onside before the American supplied the killer pass for the Spurs' winner.

He added: "The lads kept their shape and we're disappointed with the second goal, it was a ball forward, it's a deflection that gets the lad (Dempsey) in. 

"If it doesn't get deflected he's offside, but it does get deflected and it goes to a player who is onside, so that was a little bit of a luck that maybe we needed that we didn't get."

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