Stoke boss Pulis 'disappointed' with Cork's reaction to N'Zonzi challenge

The Potters boss feels that his midfielder should not have been dismissed during the 3-3 draw with Southampton and that the Saints player overreacted to the challenge

Tony Pulis says he was disappointed with the reaction of Jack Cork in the incident that lead to the dismissal of midfielder Steven N'Zonzi during Stoke's 3-3 draw with Southampton.

Former Blackburn player N'Zonzi was sent-off midway through the second half for appearing to stamp on midfielder Cork.

However, Pulis believes that his side were unfortunate to be reduced to 10 men and felt Cork's reaction to the tackle did not help referee Mark Clattenburg.

He told reporters: "I was disappointed with the reaction of the player. I'm a great advocate for players getting up and getting on with things, and whether the reaction of Cork has influenced Mark [Clattenburg] I'm not sure, but N'Zonzi certainly doesn't stamp on the player."

However, the Potters' boss was quick to praise his side for a stirring comeback which saw them recover from a 3-1 deficit to earn a point, with Cameron Jerome's spectacular equaliser a fitting end to a wonderful game.

Pulis added: "First half I thought Southampton were the better team and deserved their lead and then second half we came out and threw everything at them, even with 10 men I thought we were the team that was going to go on and score more goals.

"Cameron's effort was fantastic, he's a top player when he comes on and there is loads of space around, he's got so much energy and pace, he just influences games so much and he's scored a lot of goals for us off the bench."

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was also full of compliments for his charges, despite seeing them throw away what had looked to be a very commanding position.

He said: "It's a fantastic point away from home, you look at the Britannia Stadium you look at Stoke City, they've only conceded four goals this season at home we've gone and scored three, could have scored some more.

"We knew that at a period of time today Stoke would get plenty of balls into the penalty area, our players have had to defend manfully, and at the end of the day, it's a wonder-strike from the lad [Jerome] who has gone and scored the goal to give Stoke City an equaliser.

"For Southampton to come away from home and score three against a [side with a] very good defensive record in Stoke City it's a great point away from home. There are a lot of positives we're going to take from today."