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Stoke boss angry at ref

STOKE, February 17 – Stoke manager Tony Pulis launched a scathing attack on Alan Wiley after the referee's controversial decisions forced his side to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.Pulis raged after Riley ruled out a late Ryan Shawcross winner at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday and also slammed the official’s failure to spot a number of other incidents.

Stoke defender Abdoulaye Faye was sent off for hauling down Emmanuel Adebayor early in the second half. But Pulis was more incensed by Patrick Vieira’s kick between Glenn Whelan’s legs.

Referring to the suspension of Potters defender Robert Huth earlier in the season after cameras caught him striking West Ham’s Matthew Upson, Pulis called for the FA to take retrospective action.

"It was a good decision to send Abi off, but there were certain incidents that I am not too pleased with," Pulis said.

"I hope the referee, if he hasn’t seen it, will show the FA. We had a player given a three-game suspension after an incident a couple of months back.

"The referee missed an incident, the FA looked at it and suspended him for three games.

"There were incidents in the first half with Man City players where I think it is as bad if not worse.

"The goal in the second half is a good goal. There is no doubt Ryan gets up.

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"Look at (Kolo) Toure’s reaction – his head is in his hands and he is on his knees.

"It is a good goal and why the referee has disallowed it I just don’t know, and it is very disappointing for us."

A point was enough to take City above Liverpool into fourth place ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with the Reds. But boss Roberto Mancini still felt his side should have made more of their numerical advantage.

Stoke responded better to Faye’s sending-off with a fine strike from Glenn Whelan in the 72nd minute but Gareth Barry grabbed an equaliser five minutes from time.

Mancini said: "In the first half it was difficult for us because the ball was always in the air.

"But we fought very well and in the second half when we played with one player more we managed to play better.

"It is two (points) lost because we played 11 against 10 for 40 minutes. We must play better.

"We had many chances to score a goal but when we arrive in the box we must be more aggressive. You must have a chance and you must score a goal.

"I am disappointed with this result because when you play 11 against 10 you must play better."

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