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Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic during Newcastle v Stoke

VIDEO: Watch Taylor put off Begovic by clowning around before Cabaye free kick

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

00:24 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Taylor is known as an eccentric sort and he proved why on Sunday as Newcastle faced Stoke.

The Newcastle defender was spotted clowning around in front of Asmir Begovic as he tried to put the Potters keeper off before Yohan Cabaye's free kick.

And maybe it worked, because the French midfielder sent a peach of a strike over the wall and in to the top corner.

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Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at the centre back.

The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at Under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Pardew said: 'He was immense today. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today.

'They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it's a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us today – because we had no height in the team.

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

'Steven Taylor had to do everything today on that side of it and he was brilliant.'

Taylor's hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past.

Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach.

However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration.

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Darren Bent Stoke City transfer target

Get Bent! Stoke favourites to sign 10m Villa striker after Lambert hauls him off at half-time

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:38 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 30 January 2013

Stoke are leading the chase to sign Darren Bent after the striker was substituted at half-time during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle last night.

The England international has started just seven Premier League games this season with Villa boss Paul Lambert preferring to use Christian Benteke as a lone striker.

He was given a chance last night but Lambert was clearly not impressed.

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Up to eight Premier League clubs are known to be monitoring Bent's situation but Villa, who fell into the bottom three after last night's defeat, do not want to sell to clubs near the foot of the table.

Stoke do not fall into that category and if they are prepared to meet Villa's 10million asking price then Bent could be theirs.

The 28-year-old's 75,000-a-week wage
demands could prove a stumbling block but with both Villa and Bent keen
to part ways a deal could be forced through before the transfer window
shuts tomorrow night.

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Bent, who has 16 caps for England, cost
Villa 18m rising to 24m only two years ago but they are prepared to
cut their losses and let the former Sunderland and Tottenham man leave.

Stoke's pursuit of Bent has been stepped up as QPR attempt to lure Potters striker Peter Crouch back to Loftus Road.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed he received an inquiry from his QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp about Crouch.

'Harry has rung me up and asked me about the possibility,' Pulis said.

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

'I have spoken to Peter about it and
then it is up to Peter whether he wants to go. Peter is very happy here
and he has made that clear.

'The important thing for me is that if he does want to go, it has to be right for us and also we have to make sure we have someone who will come in and do the same job.

'To do all that over two days is going to be ever so difficult.'

Michael Owen hits back at Twitter trolls with photo of trophy cabinet

Take a look at my medals! Owen hits back at Twitter trolls with picture of trophy cabinet

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

23:42 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

01:22 GMT, 2 January 2013

Stoke striker Michael Owen hit back at Twitter trolls who were abusing him on the social network site by posting a picture of his personal trophy cabinet.

The abuse started after Owen wrote: ‘Tough game today and not many teams get anything away at Man City. Shame our 10 game unbeaten run in the Premier League is over. #Stoke’

And that prompted many of his followers to reply to the striker – who has been out injured – to ask what he had done to contribute to Stoke’s run and why he was not playing.

Hitting back: Stoke's Michael Owen refused to take abuse lying down

Hitting back: Stoke's Michael Owen refused to take abuse lying down

Owen, who has made just four appearances for the Potters this season, then Tweeted: ‘New Year but things never change. About 100 replies to my last tweet so far and every single one is abusive. What a lovely world we live in.

‘Tweet something like that and then you see the nicer side of Twitter. The minority always ruin it for genuinely decent people.’

Here's what I've won: Owen tweeted a picture of his trophy cabinet

Here's what I've won: Owen tweeted a picture of his trophy cabinet

He then followed up with a picture of his trophy cabinet that includes European Player of the Year trophy, a Premier League medal, a FA Cup winners medal as well as three League Cup winners medals along with the Tweet: ‘Oh, and just to remind the trolls with a short memory out there.’

That then prompted his former team-mate Dietmar 'Did' Hamann to reply: ‘Hahaha nice one mukka.’

Steven Nzonzi free to face City on New Year"s Day after appealing Southampton red card

Nzonzi free to face City on New Year's Day after appealing Saints red card

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UPDATED:

11:56 GMT, 31 December 2012

Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be free to face Manchester City on New Year's Day after appealing against his sending-off on Saturday.

Nzonzi was shown the red card for an alleged stamp on Southampton's Jack Cork during a thrilling 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw at the Britannia Stadium.

Potters manager Tony Pulis was angered by the decision, arguing Nzonzi did not make contact with Cork, and the Football Association have confirmed an appeal has now been lodged.

Seeing red: Nzonzi was sent-off after fouling Jack Cork

Seeing red: Nzonzi was sent-off after fouling Jack Cork

Liverpool must improve in the Premier League after defeat to Stoke says Brendan Rodgers

We won't move up the table without consistency, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 27 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers admits that Liverpool's season is in danger of being derailed by a lack of consistency.

Four days after dispatching Fulham 4-0, the Reds lost 3-1 against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in a lacklustre performance.

Prior to the victory over the Cottagers, Rodgers' side had suffered a surprise loss at home to Aston Villa and the Northern Irishman accepted the up and down nature of their results was hindering their attempts to move up the Barclays Premier League table.

Sloppy: Rodgers believes Liverpool must put together a run of wins if they are to achieve their goals this season

Sloppy: Rodgers believes Liverpool must put together a run of wins if they are to achieve their goals this season

'Consistency is the biggest thing for the group,' he said.

'We were terrific at the weekend but you have to be able to put some runs of games together – if not you will make two or three steps forward and then take one or two back.

'Maybe that has been the nature of the group over the last couple of years.

'We are looking to improve that and there is an awful lot of work to do.'

Rodgers blamed the concession of soft goals for the defeat, which extended their winless run at the Britannia Stadium to five matches.

Battle: Despite taking the lead through Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were overrun by a combative Stoke side

Battle: Despite taking the lead through Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were overrun by a combative Stoke side

Steven Gerrard had put them ahead from a penalty awarded after just 32 seconds but Jon Walters scored twice either side of a Kenwyne Jones header as the Potters ran out worthy winners.

'We were 1-0 up at a difficult place to score goals and we wanted to gain the initiative from that,' he added.

'But the goals we conceded were very soft and if you do that it is always going to be uphill in terms of getting a result.

'The first one is unfortunate as Martin Skrtel slips and Walters finished well, but the other two goals… we have to be better than that.

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

Match winners: Jon Walters scored two either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal to clinch the victory for Stoke

'It is not all about football. You have to earn the right to play, particularly coming here.

'I have no doubt about the characters we have but it was too easy.'

Stoke boss Tony Pulis said the way his side responded to their early setback reflected the confidence and character within the team as a whole.

'It was a great result and performance,' he said.

'I thought the response after going a goal behind after just 30 seconds was absolutely fantastic and epitomises what the group are about at the moment.

We've played games where we've created more chances and finished 0-0 so we have been creating the chances but not been taking them.

'We have tremendous respect for Liverpool and we are very proud to host a game against such a great club and when you beat them it gives you great delight, it is always special.'

Walters' second, controlling a flick-on from Jones on his chest and volleying past Jose Reina, was the pick of the goals, and took the striker level with Ricardo Fuller as the club's all-time leading Premier League scorer with 18.

'It was a great finish and I am very pleased for Walts,' Pulis added.

'His commitment to the group is fabulous and he is a good player as well.'

Michael Owen out to end drought against Liverppol

Owen wants the monkey off his back as he targets first ever goal against Liverpool on Boxing Day

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UPDATED:

19:39 GMT, 25 December 2012

Stoke striker Michael Owen has plenty of happy memories from his time at Liverpool, but does not look back too fondly on the occasions he has played against them.

The former England international enjoyed the most prolific days of his career at Liverpool, where he came through the youth ranks.

Since leaving the Reds in 2004 though, he has failed to score a single goal against them and Owen admits he has rarely had much fun when being on the opposing team.

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool

The 33-year-old will be hoping the trend changes on Boxing Day when the Potters host Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League, a game in which he could make his first Stoke appearance since October 27 having overcome a hamstring problem.

Owen – who departed Anfield for Real Madrid and moved on to Newcastle and Manchester United before joining Stoke this season – told Independent Sports News: 'It is a strange feeling really playing against your old club, especially one where you were there for around 15 years.

'Liverpool are a big part of my life and career and I had some of the best times of my life at the club.

'So certainly I have happy memories. I have not been so happy playing against them since; I have never scored and not particularly enjoyed it.'

Stoke, currently ninth in the table, head into the clash with eighth-placed Liverpool in fine form.

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Tony Pulis' men are unbeaten in their last eight matches and Owen is optimistic they can keep the run going.

'I don't see any reason why not,' Owen said. 'We had a really tough start to the season and we picked up points against some of the big teams.

'Then we went into a period of games where you would look at them on paper and say we had a chance of picking up points, and we have duly done that.

'We are on a nice run of form. Every game is tough in the Premier League, but there is no reason why we can't continue it.'

Michael Owen out to end drought against Liverppol when Stoke travel to Anfield

Owen wants the monkey off his back as he targets first ever goal against Liverpool when Stoke visit Anfield on Boxing Day

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UPDATED:

20:37 GMT, 24 December 2012

Stoke striker Michael Owen has plenty of happy memories from his time at Liverpool, but does not look back too fondly on the occasions he has played against them.

The former England international enjoyed the most prolific days of his career at Liverpool, where he came through the youth ranks.

Since leaving the Reds in 2004 though, he has failed to score a single goal against them and Owen admits he has rarely had much fun when being on the opposing team.

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool, against whom he's never scored, when Stoke City visit Anfield

Man on a mission: Michael Owen is desperate for the chance to get at his old team Liverpool, against whom he's never scored, when Stoke City visit Anfield

The 33-year-old will be hoping the trend changes on Boxing Day when the Potters host Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League, a game in which he could make his first Stoke appearance since October 27 having overcome a hamstring problem.

Owen – who departed Anfield for Real Madrid and moved on to Newcastle and Manchester United before joining Stoke this season – told Independent Sports News: 'It is a strange feeling really playing against your old club, especially one where you were there for around 15 years.

'Liverpool are a big part of my life and career and I had some of the best times of my life at the club.

'So certainly I have happy memories. I have not been so happy playing against them since; I have never scored and not particularly enjoyed it.'

Stoke, currently ninth in the table, head into the clash with eighth-placed Liverpool in fine form.

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Where the heart is: Owen was lethal at Liverpool but has struggled since leaving

Tony Pulis' men are unbeaten in their last eight matches and Owen is optimistic they can keep the run going.

'I don't see any reason why not,' Owen said. 'We had a really tough start to the season and we picked up points against some of the big teams.

'Then we went into a period of games where you would look at them on paper and say we had a chance of picking up points, and we have duly done that.

'We are on a nice run of form. Every game is tough in the Premier League, but there is no reason why we can't continue it.'

Andre Villas-Boas rules out January transfer spending

AVB: I won't splash cash! Spurs boss rules out January move for Moutinho, Willian or Remy

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UPDATED:

15:12 GMT, 23 December 2012

Andre Villas-Boas insists he still has no plans to enter the transfer market next month despite seeing his team fail to break down a stubborn Stoke side at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham could have moved third in the table yesterday with a win over the Potters, but they had to settle for a 0-0 draw thanks to a frustrating rearguard action from the visitors.

Despite having fit-again Gareth Bale back in the side, Villas-Boas' team rarely threatened the away goal, and Asmir Begovic's only important save came in injury time when substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson tested him with a close-range header.

January sales AVB has ruled out Spurs making moves in the transfer window

January sales AVB has ruled out Spurs making moves in the transfer window

Villas-Boas said earlier this week that there was only a slim chance that he would make new additions to his squad in the January window, and he now appears to have ruled out signing anybody despite yesterday's stalemate.

Although he has been linked with the likes of Joao Moutinho, Loic Remy and Willian, the Spurs boss says the options he has in reserve are good enough to see his team through the rest of the season.

'I don't think we need to do anything,' said the Portuguese, who was missing Clint Dempsey yesterday due to a groin injury.

'We have Clint out. He is a massive player for us. He has had a big impact. He scored 17 goals last season so we have to count on him.

'He plays striker, plays wings and plays through the middle so he gives us that option.

'(Andros) Townsend the other day had a good game. Today we had opted for Sigurdsson coming in but I think we have options.'

Villas-Boas is keen to offload some of his fringe players next month, with Carlo Cudicini, Heurelho Gomes, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Rose all potentially heading for the exit.

Wanted men: Spurs have been linked with Moutinho (left) and Remy (right)

Wanted men: Spurs have been linked with Moutinho (left) and Remy (right)

Wanted men: Spurs have been linked with Moutinho (left) and Remy (right)

Another player who may be on the move is Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The 41-year-old, who has been displaced by Hugo Lloris as Spurs' number one in recent weeks, has been linked with a return to former club Blackburn.

He tweeted this afternoon: 'I know there has been quite a but of speculation regarding my future. All will be revealed in next couple of days:). Happy Holidays!!!'

Lloris has a relatively easy afternoon yesterday, with Stoke rarely threatening the home goal.

Tottenham threw everything at the visitors in the final stages, but Stoke lived up to their billing as one of the best defences around by shutting out Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe.

Shut out: Spurs failed to find a way through the Stoke defence

Shut out: Spurs failed to find a way through the Stoke defence

Shut out: Spurs failed to find a way through the Stoke defence

'Stoke have one of the best defences in Europe and they are very well organised. They don't make it easy for anyone,' Villas-Boas said.

'We gave them a run for their money and our players tried very hard. Sometimes you try everything and the ball doesn't go in the back of the net. We had a go and I'm very pleased with the players.'

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue dropped Tottenham"s draw against Stoke

Villas-Boas left to rue dropped points as Spurs start festive season with a whimper

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 22 December 2012

Andre Villas-Boas was disappointed to see Tottenham drop below Arsenal after his team were held to a goalless draw by stubborn Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham would have moved ahead of Chelsea into third had they won, but they ended the afternoon in fifth after their north London neighbours and Everton both recorded victories against Wigan and West Ham respectively.

Villas-Boas' men threw everything at the Potters, but they could not find their way through a defence the Tottenham boss had described as one of the best in Europe during the week.

Frustration: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side held at White Hart Lane

Frustration: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side held at White Hart Lane

The Staffordshire side showed exactly why they have the best defensive record in the league as Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic all put in towering performances to keep the likes of Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor at bay.

Villas-Boas, whose side face Aston Villa on Boxing Day, was not happy at seeing his team slip below Arsenal on goal difference.

'No one enjoys being level on points with Arsenal at this club,' Villas-Boas said. 'I have experienced this rivalry for the first time this year and I have spoken very highly about it before.

'It is an extremely healthy competition between both teams, but we have to continue now. Today was a difficult game. Stoke are an extremely competitive and physical team who are difficult to break down.

'I want to be extremely positive as the players really tried hard.'

Adebayor and Defoe both had half-chances either side of the break, but Begovic was not really tested until injury time when he saved Gylfi Sigurdsson's header from close range. Stoke have built their eight-match unbeaten run around their solid defence, who have kept nine clean sheets this term.

Getting shirty: Gareth Bale has his shirt pulled by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson

Getting shirty: Gareth Bale has his shirt pulled by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson

Spurs had to resort to long shots for most of the match and Pulis was very happy with his team's shut out against one of the quickest attacks in the league.

'We are delighted. That's nine clean sheets now,' Pulis said. 'We look solid defensively. They had a few shots from outside box and that one great save from Asmir so we are very pleased with how we played.

'We talk about the two centre-halves and the goalkeeper, but I think all the players work so hard on organisation and discipline. It's a great point at a great football club.'

Referee Lee Mason had a busy afternoon, dishing out seven yellow cards – five of which came for the away side. The game threatened to boil over at times, particularly in the second half when Adebayor appeared to square up to Shawcross as they grappled in the box.

The issue of grappling in the box is a hot topic in football, and Villas-Boas thinks referees need to be more consistent.

Clash: Ryan Shawcross and Emmanuel Adebayor may be not be swapping Christmas cards this year

Clash: Ryan Shawcross and Emmanuel Adebayor may be not be swapping Christmas cards this year

He said: 'You have to take out the law (that punishes grappling) as if you pretend to be blind you have to take out the situation and move on.

'We had some given for us when Stoke were attacking but none in their box that could have given us a penalty. Those decisions are very hard to take, and maybe those ones are the stepping stone for people to start learning.'

The officials were at the centre of another controversy in the second half when Bale, who has been booked four times this year for diving, went down easily looking for a foul just outside the box.

Pulis launched an angry tirade at Bale from the sidelines when he went down, but the Stoke boss refused to be drawn on the matter afterwards.

'I will leave that. It's Christmas,' Pulis said.

Paul Lambert balks at Darren Bent benching questions

Bent left on bench for over an hour in dire draw with Stoke and Lambert won't say why

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 8 December 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is convinced his side will eventually find the back of the net on a more regular basis despite drawing another blank in the 0-0 home draw with Stoke.

Villa have netted only 12 times in 16 Barclays Premier League games and even the reintroduction of Darren Bent as a second-half substitute failed to spark a breakthrough against the Potters.

On the slide: Aston Villa's Brett Holman is tackled by Robert Huth

On the slide: Aston Villa's Brett Holman is tackled by Robert Huth

MATCH FACTS

ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Lichaj, Herd, Holman (Ireland 65), Westwood, Bannan (Delph 77), Benteke, Agbonlahor (Bent 65). Subs not used: Given, Al Ahmadi, Weimann, Williams.

STOKE CITY: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Walters, Whitehead, N'Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Jerome 67), Jones (Crouch 74). Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson.

Yellow cards: Shotton

Red Card: Shotton

Referee: Roger East

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Lambert brought a halt to questions
about Bent in his after match press conference after claiming he has
already answered enough enquiries about not playing the England
international.

He said: 'Look, I want to win, it's
as simple as that, and on another day we might have got one or two goals
and restricted Stoke to one real chance.

'It (the goals tally) is something I'm not actually overly worried about because I know it will come.'

When asked if Bent's inclusion would
improve the situation, Lambert said: 'The team will. It's not just
about one individual, it's about the whole team.

'There never has been a problem (with Bent) from day one.

'As I've said before, I just try and pick a team to win. That's what I try to do, it's my job.'

On the run: Villa duo Brett Holman and Gabriel Agbonlahor drift past Geoff Cameron

On the run: Villa duo Brett Holman and Gabriel Agbonlahor drift past Geoff Cameron

When asked whether Bent's presence
would improve the goal tally, Lambert said: 'Listen, I'm going to stop
you. I ain't answering any more questions on it.

'I told you, I answered about 305 the other night. I'm not answering anymore.'

Lambert was pleased with Villa's overall performance as they extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Dive in move: Stoke City's Geoff Cameron falls over Holman

Dive in move: Stoke City's Geoff Cameron falls over Holman

He said: 'I thought we dominated the game. I was delighted with the way we coped with Stoke's strength.

'I was asked that yesterday, how we would combat that, and I think we used our strengths by playing football.

'I thought we were excellent. Some of the football we're playing has been very good. We just need the finishing touch.'

Time for a change: Stoke manager Tony Pulis substitutes Glenn Whelan

Time for a change: Stoke manager Tony Pulis substitutes Glenn Whelan

Crunch time: Villa's Ashley Westwood is tackled by Huth

It's a snorer: Darren Bent appears to doze on the bench

Crunch time: Villa's Ashley Westwood is tackled by Huth while Darren Bent appears to drift off on the bench

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was unhappy
with some of referee Roger East's decisions, including the dismissal of
defender Ryan Shotton for two yellow card offences.

Replays showed Shotton made no contact with Villa substitute Fabian Delph in the incident which led to his second booking.

But Pulis was also unhappy after a
first-half challenge by Villa defender Ciaran Clark on Stoke midfielder
Glenn Whelan went unpunished.

No way through: Christian Benteke is challenged by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

No way through: Christian Benteke is challenged by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

Appeal: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reacts to a decision

Appeal: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert reacts to a decision

He said: 'As regards the Shotton red card, I've just looked at the incident and we are very disappointed.

'I was also disappointed with the challenge in the first half (by Clark) and the way that was dealt with.

'When you see a lad getting sent off for two bookables which you can't appeal against, it is very hard to take.

Close quarters: Dean Whitehead is challenged by Villa's Westwood

Close quarters: Dean Whitehead is challenged by Villa's Westwood

'You look at the incidents and decide
what you think. I don't want to get in trouble again. It has cost me
enough money over my career!

'You can't appeal two yellow cards which I find amazing.'

As regards the Clark incident,
Lambert said: 'I think it's a foul in the first place – that's what the
referee gave it for initially, then there was the follow-through.

'But initially he gave the foul to ourselves. Things like that happen in football.'

Waiting game: Darren Bent had to wait until the 65th minute before making an appearance

Waiting game: Darren Bent had to wait until the 65th minute before making an appearance