Pulis shuns credit for subs
Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted tiredness in his team had prompted his bold triple substitution in his side's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Everton - and was delighted with the way the move paid off.
The Potters fell behind in the 44th minute at the Britannia Stadium through Peter Crouch's own goal. At that stage the hosts had only really threatened with efforts stemming from the long throws of Rory Delap, but they were reinvigorated in the 67th minute when Pulis chose to make all three substitutions at once and hit back through fresh-legged Cameron Jerome.
Referring to the substitutions, Pulis said: "Sometimes you get them right, sometimes you don't. I'm standing here and I'm no genius - you don't know until they come on what effect they will have, and if anybody tells you any different, well then I'm telling you the truth."
Crouch, Jon Walters and Delap were replaced by Jerome, Ricardo Fuller and Glenn Whelan and within two minutes, Stoke were level.
Jerome was the man to net the equaliser, powering through Phil Jagielka and John Heitinga to force the ball past Tim Howard, and the much-improved Potters might have gone on to win it from there.
In the end it finished 1-1, to the satisfaction of Pulis, who was reluctant to take too much praise for the second-half intervention he said he had made simply because his side were looking so weary.
He added: "I just felt Crouchy and one or two of them looked tired tonight. It was always a case of giving Rory an hour and then bringing him off because he hasn't played for a while. I just felt it was right to do. Jon Walters has had a long season.
"That is 54 games now. We played Arsenal on Saturday (another 1-1 home draw) and the top teams take a lot of energy out of you. Everton are a top team, so it is a great result for us tonight."
Reflecting on the game as a whole, Pulis added: "I thought Everton were the better team in the first half without a doubt. Their goal was a little bit fortuitous, but they deserved it.
"In the second half I thought we came more into the game. We looked a little bit tired and jaded in the first half, but second half I thought we deserved to get a point out of it."