Stoke City boss happy with draw

Stoke manager Tony PulisTony Pulis believes the point earned against Sunderland on Monday night will be enough to keep Stoke in the Premier League.

Stoke looked to be on course for all three points after a goal from Jonathan Walters gave them the lead after just 9 minutes and their cause was helped further when Craig Gardner was sent off for the home side.

However the Black Cats came fighting back and equalised through John O’Shea midway through the second half to give themselves a lifeline as they battle to beat the drop.

Stoke are not yet mathematically safe but the point takes them up to 11th in the table and Pulis is believes there are too many teams below them for the Potters to get sucked back in.

“We are pleased that we’ve got that point,” Pulis revealed. “That takes us to 41. There are a lot of teams down there this time around.

“I’m amazed it isn’t sorted out yet. It’s one of those funny seasons. It seems to have happened at all levels, not just the Premier League.

“The players are coming with the right attitude. Their spirit was fantastic. When you go down to 10 men, you had to battle away. They had nothing to lose and we had everything to lose.”

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