Stoke City: Tony Pulis wants Crystal Palace recovery after Chelsea defeat
TONY Pulis says he will have to mend a few "broken hearts" ahead of Stoke's FA Cup third round replay against Crystal Palace tomorrow (7.45pm).
He said his dressing room was understandably downcast after Saturday's 4-0 loss to Chelsea condemned Stoke to their heaviest home defeat since being beaten 8-0 by Liverpool in the League Cup in November 2000 – and their worst in the league since a 4-0 loss to Reading in March 1999.
Pulis, who will make several changes, said: "There's one or two broken hearts in the dressing room and we'll have to look at those and take it from there.
"We want to do well in the FA Cup. We've only lost two in 12 in the cup and we want to keep that run going."
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Stoke conceded four at the Britannia for the first time ever in the Premier League to leave their 11-month unbeaten league run at HQ in tatters.
"It looks like a drubbing, but it wasn't," added Pulis.
"Our lads didn't deserve that. Man City were head and shoulders above us, but Chelsea weren't."
Pulis is certain Jon Walters will bounce back from an awful afternoon in which he conceded two own goals either side of half-time and then missed a late penalty.
Frank Lampard's spot-kick and Eden Hazard's effort wrapped up the win.
"Jon's fine, we've got no problem with him," said Pulis.
"But he's had a day he will remember, never mind that.
"The second goal knocked the stuffing out of us because we played well for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
"The first goal, if Jon doesn't get it, Juan Mata does. On the second, Asmir Begovic should be dealing with that and Jon shouldn't be left in that position.
"Once they get two ahead, they are a different team – they are more relaxed and confident.
"We've had good chances, but we've got to create and score more."