Goals from Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters gave The Potters an excellent victory, and the Welsh coach couldn’t hide his excitement after the match.
“We are delighted. We played Manchester United on Saturday and had to do a lot of work against them as they are great side,” he told reporters after the win.
“Besiktas too are a very good side and have far more European experience than us and I am absolutely delighted. Everybody seemed proud to play and everybody was up for it tonight.
“Stoke always deserved a place in Europe. This is new to them and they are looking forward to it. We have to make the best of these opportunities,” he concluded.
Pulis also praised club record transfer Crouch, who has had a good start at the Britannia since moving from Tottenham in a £10 million deal in the summer transfer window.
“It’s great for Peter and great for us. His contribution to the cause so far has been fantastic. Apart from his influence up front, a major part of his game was the way he defended set plays.
“The crowd like him and will enjoy him. He never stopped working. His attitude was fantastic. He has been humble since the first day he walked through the door and I have to say that Jonathan Woodgate, Matthew Upson and Cameron Jerome have been exactly the same. Long may it continue,” he concluded.
Stoke have Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, and will look to continue to build momentum after two consecutive promising results.
Written By Gareth McKnight
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