Pulis commends Chadwick

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Tony Pulis praised the commitment of Luke Chadwick after the winger announced himself fit to start Stoke City's 2-0 win over Derby County.

Chadwick was taken to hospital over the weekend after collapsing during the club's 1-0 defeat to Southend United on Saturday.

It was initially unclear when the former Manchester United youngster would be ready to resume action for The Potters.

But he figured for 65 minutes against Derby on Tuesday night, with his dedication impressing Stoke boss Pulis.

"I thought he was superb when you think he was out of it on Saturday," said Pulis.

"The doctor had advised him to be on the bench, but he wanted to start and that was very commendable, especially from a winger."

Goals from Vincent Pericard and Darel Russell secured Stoke's first win of the new season and Pulis was buoyed by the performance in front of the club's own fans.

He added: "It was a smashing crowd, a good game and a good tempo. Derby are a good side and I really enjoyed it.

"We created some good chances, Pericard looked a threat all night, Sidibe worked his socks off all night and there were spells when we played well, although at times we gave the ball away too cheaply.

"Against the better sides that will hurt you, so we have got to take this on a little bit and not think we have hit the top spot. There are lots of improvements to be made."

Derby boss Billy Davies had no complaints about the result, which followed on from Sunday's 2-2 draw at home to Southampton.

Davies said: "You have got to defend the goal better, it's all about keeping clean sheets.

"We had some chances in the first half, scraps in front of goal, but when you come here you need eight or nine of your players to be playing at their best and, unfortunately, we had too many five out of 10s.

"We came for a test and, unfortunately, we failed in that test."