Stoke’s European journey over

Stoke have been eliminated from the Europa League, after a 1-0 defeat to Valencia on Thursday night ensured that The Potters lost the last 32 tie 2-0 on aggregate.

Injury and fatigue ravished the Britannia Stadium outfit, who travelled to Spain without a raft of senior players, and could only name four substitutes against Unai Emery’s men; the fixture at the Mestalla was decided by a first half Jonas strike.

Tony Pulis has praised the efforts of his players throughout the campaign.

“We had good chances in both games, but we lacked luck because we had some good opportunities,” he told Sky Sports.

“These players have shown they have played good games, and I am proud of my players.

“Given the trajectory of this club in recent years, it has been fantastic to get here and play against a team of the quality and calibre of Valencia

“Our journey in this competition has been extraordinary, every player registered has played and it has been a great experience for us and our fans.

“The 13 games we have played in this competition have put us on the map,” he stated proudly.

Stoke are back to Premier League action on Sunday, as they host Swansea.

By Gareth McKnight

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