Pulis - No Tuncay rift
Potters boss understands striker's disappointment
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: November 9, 2009 10:55am
Tuncay: Stormed off
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will talk with Tuncay Sanli this week in an effort to clear the air with his frustrated striker.
The Turkey international stormed straight down the tunnel on Sunday after he was hauled off during the Potters' 2-1 defeat to Hull City.
The former Middlesbrough man suffered the indignity of being substituted on and off inside the space of seven minutes, with Abdoulaye Faye's late dismissal forcing Pulis into a tactical reshuffle.
Tuncay has cut a forlorn figure at the Britannia Stadium following his summer switch from Boro, with first-team opportunities proving hard to come by.
Pulis, though, insists the talented playmaker remains an integral part of his plans and he is keen to resolve any underlying issues which may have arisen.
"We put him on to try to make things happen," Pulis explained in the Sentinel.
"But as soon as we're down to 10 men we have to bring on another defender to give us a back four.
"Unfortunately it was Tunny who made way. It's not about Tuncay or me, it's about the team. It was either him or Dave Kitson who came off.
"I will have a chat with him, and I can understand his disappointment.
"It's not that I don't understand his feelings and his pride being hurt. I've got no problems with that, but it wouldn't stop me doing it again if I thought it was right for the team.
"If I'd brought Kits off, he would have been disappointed. But one of them had to go. I'm not concerned about an individual, I'm concerned about the team."
Pulis has also absolved Faye of any blame for Stoke's dramatic defeat against Hull, preferring to direct his disappointment towards the match officials.
The Tigers snatched a late winner after the Potters had been reduced to 10 men, but Pulis feels referee Mike Dean was wrong to send his commanding centre-half for an early bath.
"I have seen it on the telly and he hasn't even touched Nick Barmby, who just falls over," added Pulis.
"I'm not making any excuses because we haven't played well, but again a referee's decision has cost us. It's desperately disappointing."