Pulis returns Kitson fire
Tony Pulis has hit back at Dave Kitson's 'scapegoat' claims and insists Stoke have a great dressing room spirit.
Last Updated: 05/05/10 11:39am
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has hit back at Dave Kitson's 'scapegoat' allegations and insists the club have got a great dressing room spirit.
A disgruntled Kitson claimed at the weekend that he had become a scapegoat after the striker had previously been criticised by Pulis for his reaction to being substituted during the 7-0 thrashing at Chelsea.
But Pulis has given little credence to these allegations, using sarcasm to hit back at the striker.
He told The Sentinel: "Dave Kitson was spot on with his comment that everybody blames him for everything that happens at the football club.
"That's right - everybody blames Dave."
Pulis also defended the dressing room spirit of the Potters, who are set to take on Fulham on Wednesday night in their penultimate game of the campaign.
His defence comes after an apparent dressing room bust-up between Glenn Whelan and Abdoulaye Faye following the Chelsea hammering was leaked to the press.
And earlier in the season, Pulis reportedly clashed with striker James Beattie, while Tuncay Sanli has reacted to being substituted several times this term.
Pulis added: "We have a great dressing room, there's just one or two people in there who have their own agendas, people whose egos sometimes cloud their judgment.
"There will always be one or two within a dressing room whose one persona far outweighs the dressing room and who live in the bubble.
"We've got one or two people who think they are above it, but I can't emphasise enough how good the spirit in our dressing room is. That was proved again against Everton on Saturday.
"The players have been brilliant this season, but there are one or two who have been disappointing behind the scenes.
"That happens, but there's more in there pulling for this club and who respect this club."
Pulis is targeting points at Craven Cottage as the 13th placed Potters seek to beat last season's points total.
He added: "We could do with those extra two points to beat last season's total, then it will have been a really good season.
"We had a blip at Chelsea in our last away game - in fact it was more of a disaster - but apart from that we've done well away from home."