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Pulis hails impressive display

Defender celebrates landmark appearance with a goal

Pulis: Delighted

Pulis: Delighted

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Tony Pulis was delighted with the manner of Stoke's victory over a resilient Bolton outfit.

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Goals came from Danny Higginbotham, who was making his 350th appearance, and a Matthew Etherington penalty either side of half-time.

City looked dominant throughout and made the most of the blustery conditions with Rory Delap's specialist throws causing some concern in the Wanderers' box.

Higginbotham stabbed the ball home at the back post following a corner from the impressive Tuncay which was in fact flicked on by Trotters striker Johan Elmander before the full-back got on the end of it.

Zat Knight then brought down Etherington in the box just past the hour mark and the winger converted the resulting spot-kick.


"It is always a difficult game against Bolton and I thought first half we deserved to come in winning," Pulis told Sky Sports.

"They came out second half for 15 or 20 minutes, (and) they put us under a little bit of pressure, as you'd expect.

"But as the game opened up I always thought we looked very, very dangerous on the break and the goal came from there."

A delighted Pulis added: "We enjoy what we do and the players work tremendously hard. It was a big game for us today and very pleasing.

"I was really pleased with that performance. There are a lot people looking over their shoulders this year. It is such an unusual table, not just at the bottom but the top as well."