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Full-back spared second yellow as Javier Hernandez double seals win

Tony Pulis expressed his disappointment after seeing his Stoke City side lose 2-1 to Manchester United in a game that saw Gary Neville fortunate not to see red.

The veteran full-back was handed a yellow card for a challenge on Matthew Etherington and was lucky not to be given a second booking after a similar challenge on the former West Ham winger.

"If that was a Stoke City player playing at Old Trafford," Pulis asked reporters after the game, "and he committed two fouls like that, what do you think would have happened?"

The Welshman admitted that he had not spoken to referee Andre Marriner about the incident, but said that he "would not imagine" that Sir Alex Ferguson would disagree that the decision not to send off Neville was unjust.

Pulis went on to state his frustration with refereeing decisions this season: "We've played nine games this season, and there have been four decisions now that have affected the nine games.

"Referees are going to make good decisions, they're going to make bad decisions, but when they're making decisions that affect a game of football then it's disappointing."

He added: "We've had four major decisions - three of them penalties, stone banker penalties that have not been given - and this one today. Four decisions in nine games that could have affected the outcome of a game of football."

Pulis described the old adage that decisions even themselves out over the course of a season as "a load of rubbish".

He said: "That was our 85th game [in the Premier League], and in 85 games we've had three penalties given.

"We've had people handle them off the line. We've had two great goals disallowed. It just goes against you.

"But you have to take it on the chin and get on with it."

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