Pulis insists job is safe
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tony Pulis believes he still has the Stoke supporters on his side.
Tony Pulis believes he still has the supporters on his side despite Stoke still searching for their second win of the season.
The Potters have not claimed maximum points since the opening day success over Derby County and Pulis' position was rumoured to be under threat.
Supporters planned a protest prior to the 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday but it was called off after the majority of fans opposed the demonstration.
Pulis, while accepting that the supporters have a right to vent their frustrations, insists his job is not under threat.
"The supporters have got a right to do what they want," he said.
"I've been told about a radio show where 84 percent phoned up to say (the protest) was a load of nonsense and I think (the protesters) felt a little bit intimidated.
"The chairman rang me on Friday night and he's fine. You respect the supporters but the main supporter at the club, who's a massive supporter, is the chairman and he's seen all this before."
Ricardo Fuller gave the hosts the lead against Preston on Saturday, only for Patrick Agyemang to level things up midway through the second half.
The game also saw a debut for Lee Hendrie and Pulis feels his side should have picked up their second win of the campaign at The Britannia Stadium.
"We deserved to win by a country mile," he continued.
"We're desperately disappointed but that's the way it's been going for us and we just can't see it out.
"One or two players still want to do their own thing instead of working to what we want as a team but there were lots and lots of positives.
"We played some smashing football but we needed that second goal.
"Fuller's still not fit and we've got to get him fit before we get the best out of him but he's a goalscorer at this level.
"Lee's come in and mixed in straight away and I'm very pleased with him."
Preston boss Paul Simpson was happy with Saturday's result which sees his side go into the international break sitting in third place in The Championship.
"I am satisfied with a point. The first thing was not to be beaten because we knew they would be scrapping with the situation they are in," Simpson said.
"They got a lift going into half time and we knew we had to do something in the second half to address it. A draw was probably a fair result over the 90 minutes.
"We've stayed unbeaten (in September). We didn't want to lose and go into the international break on the back of a defeat.
"It's been a really good month for us to get three victories and a couple of draws from what has been a really tough month when you look at the games.
"We're pleased with the return that we've got."
Meanwhile, Portsmouth defender Andy Griffin has extended his loan deal at Stoke by a further month.
The 27-year-old has played five times since joining The Potters and Pulis was keen to extend his stay with the Championship outfit.
Pulis confirmed: "We've spoken to Portsmouth and that's been done."