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Pulis shrugs off the boo-boys as Stoke make point through Crouch

West Bromwich Albion 1 Stoke City 1

By Paul Burrows

West Brom manager Tony Pulis dismissed criticism from Stoke fans who taunted him during the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.

Pulis had two spells in charge at Stoke and steered them into the Premier League, but came under fire from Potters fans.

The Baggies led through Jay Rodriguez before Peter Crouch capitalised on a mistake in the home defence to level.

Pulis said of the Stoke fans’ reaction to him: “I think that is the way the world is. I think there is a person in the stand called Peter Coates (Stoke’s owner) and their family who respect what I did there more than anyone else.”

Pulis was more concerned that Albion squandered a chance to extend their 100% start to the season when Crouch — with his 50th headed goal in the Premier League — cancelled out the opener from Rodriguez.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes admitted he did not enjoy the game — and felt the length of the grass hampered his side’s style of play.

He said: “It wasn’t a great game. I didn’t particularly enjoy it as a spectacle.”

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