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Wednesday Wonder: Pullin’ for Pulis

Amid mother's death, Stoke manager Tony Pulis spurs team to victory.

By | 15th September 2010

Had it not been for the arrival of their boss at halftime, Stoke probably would have fallen victim to an under-performing Aston Villa side. Tony Pulis flew back to Wales early Monday morning after his mother passed away.

Heading into halftime, Stoke found themselves down 1-0 after Villa’s Stewart Downing used his head to put the Villans up. As they headed into the locker room, the Stoke players were greeted by a welcome sight – their manager waiting for them. Pulis had made the trek back to the Britannia in time for the second half. Stoke’s assistant manager was anything but surprised.

“I knew during the first half he was here because he was phoning down to the bench,” said Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp.

He may have been upset about his loss, but he was all business in the locker room.

“He was in the dressing room for the half-time team-talk and he took the paint off the walls,” added Kemp.

Not only were the players happy to see him, but the fans knew just how important his presence was. Pulis was greeted by a tremendous ovation as he walked out of the tunnel to take his place on the Stoke sideline.

His arrival was all Stoke needed to pull off an unlikely comeback victory. Kenwyne Jones offset Downing’s earlier header goal with a header goal of his own. That drew both sides even on the 80th minute.

As the seconds ticked away in added time, it seemed that Stoke would only be able to secure the one point, but there was still some magic left on the night. Robert Huth finished off a close range finish in the waning seconds that sent the Britannia into pandemonium.

Stoke had capped off a brilliant comeback for their boss. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Stoke. They got their first three points of this Premier League campaign.

“The result is not going to change what has happened to him today but hopefully it will give him a boost that the team is up and running and got three points,” summed up Kemp.

Tony, you’re a stand-up guy, and all of your players, fans, and opponents know it. You came through for your squad when you could have easily been back in Wales with your family. Nobody would’ve blamed you, but instead you led your club to a valiant comeback victory. Congratulations Tony, you are this week’s Premiership Talk Wednesday Wonder!

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  1. Sam Davidson says:

    Pulis = Stoke Legend

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