Pulis slams Chelsea's diving foreign stars as Stoke lose niggly Stamford Bridge clash
18:56 GMT, 22 September 2012
Tony Pulis branded Branislav Ivanovic and Oscar 'laughable' after accusing the Chelsea pair of diving in Stoke's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Potters boss Pulis was fuming with the Blues stars, despite their failure to win penalties in Saturday's match and the fact Oscar was booked by referee Michael Oliver.
Ivanovic, though, escaped a caution after throwing himself down in the box in the first half when he appeared not to be touched.
Ash and grab: The England ace scored the winning goal with just five minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge
Pulis also insisted Chelsea should
have ended their 1-0 victory with 10 men after David Luiz was shown a
yellow – and not a red – card for a crude lunge on Jonathan Walters.
Highlighting what he dubbed 'the
simulation', Pulis said: 'Ivanovic's one in the first half is laughable
and the lad Oscar, who's a fabulous player.
'This is England. We're playing in England, we're not playing in Europe.
'And we can't watch people just fall over and not talk about it. That's the disappointing thing.
'We should highlight it and keep highlighting it and keep highlighting it.
Knee-sy does it: Cole celebrates after scoring the winning goal at Stamford Bridge
Chance: But misfiring Torres sees his shot saved by Stoke stopper Begovic
'There are certain players in the
Premier League who have got a reputation and referees know that if you
touch them then they'll fall down or go down as quickly as they can.
'The people that do it, just keep
highlighting it, keep showing it, because it's a part of the game that I
don't think we should stomach and we don't talk about enough.'
He added: 'I think there were four
occasions today. The referee did smashing. “But that's the other point.
They put enormous pressure on by falling over.
'It's difficult enough today to referee anyway.
'And for players to be doing that, I don't think it's fair on the referees.'
Pulis said of the Luiz lunge: “It's a
dreadful challenge and I think David would be the first one to say he's
very, very lucky to stay on the pitch – very.'
Asked if it would have been a red
card had Luiz been a Stoke player, Pulis said: 'Now you said that, not
me. Make sure the FA know it was you.'
Pulis also claimed Stoke striker
Peter Crouch felt he should have had a first-half penalty himself.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo denied Oscar had dived and insisted
Oliver was wrong to book him.
He said: 'There was contact. Maybe
the referee didn't feel there was enough contact. “He shouldn't have
booked him from my point of view.
'After the game, he can watch a replay and it's easy to make that decision.'
The European champions have been
denied several penalty claims in recent weeks but Di Matteo ruled out
making a formal complaint to referees' chief Mike Riley.
Chelsea looked set for a fourth
straight match without a win today before Ashley Cole spared the blushes
of their 130million attack with his first goal since May 2010.
Winner: Ashley Cole slides on his knees after netting for the Blues
Fury: Crouch reacts to a decision made by the match officials
But Di Matteo said: 'I thought it was just a question of time before we scored.
'Obviously, when it comes towards the last 20 minutes, time is running out.
'But when you play against Stoke,
it's always so hard to break them down and they defend with so many men
and they're very well-drilled as well.'
Di Matteo admitted it would take
time for Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata to click after handing the
80million trio their first start together.
They failed to get Fernando Torres
scoring but Di Matteo said of the 50million man, who flopped again
today: 'He's in a very good mood because he's in a team that's at the
top of the league.'
In action: Michael Owen replaced Charlie Adam just after the hour mark
Di Matteo revealed Daniel Sturridge
could be fit for next weekend's trip to Arsenal, when John Terry and
Frank Lampard are also expected to return after starting today's game on
The Italian insisted the pair had
been omitted to avoid burnout later in the season, scoffing at
suggestions it had anything to do with Roman Abramovich – who watched
today's game – visiting Chelsea's training ground on Thursday after the
club blew a 2-0 lead to draw against Juventus.
Watching on: Roman Abramovich will be pleased after seeing Chelsea beat Stoke
'Come on, seriously now Seriously'
he said, refusing to rule out picking Terry for Tuesday's Capital One
Cup clash with Wolves.
That is despite it being understood
his captain's Football Association hearing over the Anton Ferdinand saga
is set to begin on Monday.
Losing control: Jonathan Walters is held back by John Terry as tempers flare
'Let's see what the outcome is first,' he said.
Di Matteo also played the
wait-and-see game over Cole's contract talks, with the England
left-back's current deal due to expire next summer.
He said: 'My recommendation, of course, to the club is to make him stay here as long as they can.
'They'll find a solution, I'm sure, because both parties are happy to talk.'