Stoke City v Manchester City: Tony Pulis admits FA Cup final defeat is still raw
TONY Pulis goes into today's FA Cup clash between Stoke City and Manchester City admitting he hasn't watched their FA Cup final on DVD.
He says the biggest occasion of his footballing life has been kicked into the dustbin of history and forgotten about.
He acknowledges that the memory of Stoke's 1-0 defeat at Wembley two years ago is simply too painful to re-live.
"I've not looked back at the game," said Pulis, below. "I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
"It's a memory that when I hang my boots up in a couple of years time I will maybe look at again.
"It was a very disappointing result, so you just have to move on from that.
"I just move from game to game and every one is treated the same, even the cup final."
But he admits he had to lean on his family to cope with the loss that day in May 2011.
"I had the family around me, so we went out and had something to eat after the game," he added.
"You cannot be walking with your head up your backside with your two daughters around."
He also confesses that he doesn't have a clue where his losers' medal is residing after handing it over to his missus.
"Debs has got it and I don't know what she's done with it, but I'm sure she's put it somewhere," he explained.
"There's no reason, it's just that she looks after everything like that."
He says Stoke face an even better Man City today than they did at Wembley two years ago after seeing them splash further millions on new players and winning the Premier League title last season.
"When we played them in the final, we knew they were an emerging force like the Chelsea of seven or eight years ago.
"They have world-class players and on their day it's difficult to live with them.
"We are under no illusion about how difficult this one will be, but we have played well against them at our place in the past and we need more of the same this time.
"Our fans have also been absolutely tremendous and I know they will react in the right way by making plenty of noise against Man City's 4,500 fans behind the goal."
Pulis was keeping Man City guessing about whether Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch would lead his forward line.
And the composition of his back four depends on whether either Andy Wilkinson (back) or Ryan Shotton (groin) could shake off fitness problems ahead of today's lunchtime kick off.