Stoke full-back Pieters refutes diving claims

The defender earned the wrath of Fulham fans after a clash with Pajtim Kasami during a 1-0 defeat last weekend, but is now keen to move on and push the Potters up the table
Stoke City defender Erik Pieters has defended himself against accusations of diving.

The full-back was the subject of criticism from Fulham fans during the Potters' 1-0 defeat to Martin Jol's side after going to ground when Pajtim Kasami appeared to swing a hand towards his face in an off-the-ball incident.

Pieters was accused of going down too easily during the incident, but he has insisted that Kasami should have been sent off for the offence.

Speaking to The Stoke Sentinel, Pieters said: "It was a red card because he hit me in the face.

"There was contact, no question for me, and I am not going down on the ground for nothing."

Stoke headed into the international break on the back of three straight league defeats, but Pieters is keen to build on a strong second-half showing at Craven Cottage when their league campaign resumes against West Brom.

"If  you lose a game, you cannot wait for the next game to recover and show what you have got," he continued.

"It is hard for us when you see the Fulham game. In the second half we were stronger and waiting for the goal.

"Then it is so hard for us to take when we lose the ball in our half and they score."