Football - Pulis hands credit to Citizens

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had no complaints about the result following the 1-0 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round.

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A late Pablo Zabaleta goal sealed the result for the visitors and Pulis admitted his side open approach to the game may have handed City the initiative.

He said: "We played more open than we normally do at home.

"In a cup tie you want to catch them and have a go at them.

"You have got to give City a lot of credit. Their attitude and approach was first class.

"By playing as open as we did, against the best teams, it always gives them a chance to attack and create chances. I thought they did that well.

"Although we are disappointed to have lost the game, and lost it in the last few minutes, you have got to give City a lot of credit.

"Unfortunately when you come up against the best teams, they need to be a little below par, you need to be right on top of your game and we weren't right on top of our game."

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