No Ba regrets for Pulis

Stoke boss rues poor defending following Newcastle defeat

Demba Ba: On form against Stoke but Tony Pulis has defended the decision not to sign him

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Tony Pulis defended Stoke's decision not to sign Demba Ba after the Newcastle striker's hat-trick condemned the Potters to a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Stoke were interested in signing Ba back in January but opted against a move after he failed a medical and he instead went to West Ham.

The Senegal international then joined the Magpies on a free transfer over the summer and continued his fine form this season against Stoke with a decisive treble.

Pulis has no regrets about listening to the advice of his medical team in January, and insists that Stoke's decision would not have given Ba a point to prove on Monday.

"He has scored enough goals without having to come here," Pulis told Sky Sports.

"When we were going to sign Demba I think the price tag was £9million and the medical people, who are brilliant at this club, thought it would be too much of a risk.

"Going somewhere on a free transfer is a different option."

Disappointed

Pulis was more concerned with his side's defending in the clash with the Magpies, and disappointed that they could not battle back for a draw.

Stoke trailed 2-0 at the interval but Jon Walters' penalty raised hopes of retrieving a point, before Ba completed his hat-trick from the spot to seal the result.

"The first two goals are poor goals. The defending was very poor," said Pulis.

"We got the goal and I thought we could step on it, but the penalty they get kills the game.

"I thought we had the ascendancy in lots of respects, but it wasn't our night and fair play to Newcastle. Three points to them and we have contributed to their three goals.

"I don't think they have cut us open or done anything like that.

"We defend a lot better than what we did tonight and we are desperately disappointed."