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Pennant 'will learn from Twitter row'

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is hoping Jermaine Pennant has learned his lesson this week after "talking to a bunch of Herberts" on Twitter.

Following last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Wigan, Pennant used the social networking site to voice his frustration, in particular at playing at wing-back, and his comments were picked up by a newspaper and turned into criticism of Pulis.

Pennant has since tweeted that he was merely frustrated with the team's performance, but Pulis questioned his use of Twitter, saying: "He (Pennant) has most probably learned a lesson by doing it because you are just waiting for people to pick things up and then twist and turn it the way they want to."

Pulis has at least exonerated Pennant of wrongdoing with regard to his comments, stating: "What he said has been taken completely out of context, and that is what can happen. There are people out there who monitor these sites and they'll see something and they'll feed off it."

However, Pulis is at a loss to understand why Pennant and others would want to use Twitter in the first place.

"The way I've been brought up, I've enough friends and family that I can pick up the phone and talk to them," he added.

"I find it amazing the way these social networks run and people do what they do on them. They're talking to a bunch of Herberts they don't even know, and they are opening themselves up to these Herberts. For me, it is beyond my common sense to do that."

Pulis concedes times have changed since he was a player, adding: "The players know how I feel about these networks, but I'm not a young lad.

"I could play a game of football, go down the pub and there would be supporters of my team in there, you'd have a chat with them and go home.

"You have to move with the times, and they (today's players) live in an era where talking via computers is the norm, or becoming the norm. It's very sad in lots of respects."

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