Tony Pulis defends Stoke City tactics

Delap's long throws just better than others, says Potters boss...
Tony Pulis says Stoke City no longer rely more than other sides on direct tactics such as Rory Delap's long throws; they simply use them more effectively than other teams.

In Saturday's FA Cup fifth round tie, Pulis's men grabbed an equaliser against Manchester City when Ricardo Fuller ran onto Delap's missile to head home and secure a replay as the game finished 1-1 at Eastlands.

Stoke have been repeatedly accused of playing ugly football since they were promoted to the Premier League in 2008, but have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, particularly on home soil.

But according to Pulis there are plenty of other sides who would do the same if they could.

"We create other chances and opportunities apart from through Rory's throws," he told Sky Sports.

"It's funny though, every time I turn the TV on now someone is throwing it long.

"Gareth Bale does it for Tottenham and I watched Southampton's FA Cup tie against Portsmouth and one of their lads was picking it up and throwing it into the box.

"People do it, it is just that we might do it better than others."

The Potters face Manchester City on Tuesday in the league before deciding their FA Cup tie eight days later at the Britannia Stadium.

It would be the first time they have made the last eight since 1972, and Pulis is not about to give up on the competition despite long-term injury fears over Matthew Etherington, Liam Lawrence and Andy Wilkinson.