Pulis blasts Chelsea actors
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has accused Chelsea players of trying to get his players booked.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 19/01/09 9:55am
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has accused Chelsea players of trying to get his players booked.
The Potters were minutes away from securing a memorable three points at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after Rory Delap had put them ahead on the hour mark.
Chelsea fought back and equalised on 87 minutes when Juliano Belletti nodded home before Frank Lampard won the match by firing past Thomas Sorensen in injury-time.
But it was not the defeat which annoyed the Stoke manager the most, instead he was unhappy with certain Chelsea players' theatrical behaviour.
One Potters player to suffer was midfielder Amdy Faye. Booked in the 15th minute for catching Michael Ballack the 31-year-old then challenged John Obi Mikel leaving the Chelsea man rolling around on the ground.
Referee Peter Walton ignored the situation but Pulis substituted Faye in the 29th minute for fear of him getting sent off.
"I was disappointed with the reactions to a couple of challenges that were fouls," the Potters boss told the Daily Star.
"James Beattie was brought down just after Amdy got booked and he jumped up and ran on.
"He didn't roll around waiting for the physio to come on, hoping to get someone a booking.
"Our lads get up. We tell them to do that. That is our culture. They're different, you have to accept that, I don't know why it is.
"I played all my football in England where we were instructed to get up and never show you were hurt."