Stoke City: Tony Pulis sees red over appeals rule after Ryan Shotton sending off
STOKE boss Tony Pulis has attacked the rules for appealing against dismissals after defender Ryan Shotton landed a one-match ban.
Shotton was sent off for two yellow cards in the closing stages of Saturday's 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, despite appearing to make little contact with Fabian Delph in the incident which earned him his second booking.
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But because he was dismissed for a yellow card, Pulis cannot appeal referee Roger East's injury-time decision as he could if it was a straight red.
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"You can't appeal two yellows, which I find absolutely amazing," said Pulis.
"You look at some of the challenges in the game where players haven't been booked, then put that alongside the two challenges Ryan has done to get sent off and it's disappointing.
"Sometimes it's difficult to take when you see that."
Shotton's ill-fortune follows left-back Marc Wilson's broken leg and recent injury problems for fellow full-back AndyWilkinson, who now looks set to return against Everton on Saturday.
Pulis was also angry with the referee after Glenn Whelan was caught with a late challenge by Villa defender Ciaran Clark which went unpunished.
"I'll let people see it and judge for themselves," said Pulis.
"I've seen it on TV and I think it was a very poor challenge – and for them to get a free-kick is beyond me."
The Stoke boss said fans should salute his players after making it 14 points from the last 18 following back-to-back trips down the M6.
"We've played two derbies away from home in a week against West Brom and Villa and come away with four points and not conceded a goal, so our supporters should be really proud of the effort the players have put in.
"I thought our defending was fantastic. We were solid and Asmir (Begovic) has not had to make any saves of note.
"We kept the ball well in the middle third of the pitch, but didn't create as many chances as we wanted and that's probably the only downside."
But he added that the day's best opportunity fell to Jon Walters, while late substitutes Cameron Jerome and Peter Crouch left Stoke looking the more dangerous in the latter stages of a game containing little goal threat.
He also warned that a greater examination of Stoke's recent upsurge lies in wait when Everton visit the Britannia on Saturday.
"It's going to be a very difficult game against a team that will finish in the top six, without doubt," he predicted.
"With (Leighton) Baines, (Steven) Pienaar and the big lad up front, (Marouane) Fellaini, they have a top team and we will need our fans behind us."