Pulis downplays Jerome switch

Triple substitution pays off for Stoke

Tony Pulis: Admits that sometimes substitutions work and sometimes they don't after Cameron Jerome equaliser

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis was pleased with his team's 1-1 draw at home to Everton but admits he's 'not a genius' despite his key substitutions.

Cameron Jerome came off the bench as part of a triple substitution by Pulis that reaped instant rewards when the 25-year-old forward netted the equaliser within moments.

But Pulis insisted he could not take the credit. "I'm not a genius," he said. "Sometimes it works for you, sometimes it doesn't."

Stoke had struggled before the break with Everton looking by far the brighter side.

So it was not a huge surprise when the visitors took the lead, albeit in fortunate circumstances as Peter Crouch unwittingly deflected the ball into his own net.

And Pulis believes his players were feeling the effects of playing 57 games so far this season, due in part to their lengthy European campaign.


He added: "They looked - one or two - a bit leggy. Crouch, who has been fantastic, looked a bit leggy.

"But in the first half you have to give Everton credit. They scored four against Fulham and four at Manchester United.

"But in the second half we took the game to them."

Jerome, along with fellow substitute striker Ricardo Fuller, was a big part of the turnaround and his manager was full of praise for the former Birmingham man's contribution late in the game.

Pulis said: "Cameron is an impact player when the game is stretched, with his pace and power. He's a great lad."

The point lifts Stoke above Norwich into 13th place in the Premier League.