Pulis delighted for the fans
Tony Pulis was delighted for the supporters after seeing Stoke progress into the Europa League group stages.
Last Updated: 25/08/11 11:31pm
Tony Pulis was delighted for the supporters after seeing Stoke progress into the Europa League group stages at the Brittania.
The Potters, already a goal ahead against FC Thun after last week's first leg in Switzerland, put the tie to bed thanks to a Kenwyne Jones brace and goals from Matthew Upson and Glenn Whelen before substitute Andreas Wittwer notched a consolation for the visitors.
The result means Stoke, who are taking part in major European competition for the first time in 37 years, have guaranteed themselves at least six more continental fixtures, with the draw for the group stage set to be made on Friday.
Afterwards, Pulis was delighted to beat a side who are currently top of the Swiss League.
He told Sky Sports: "It was a smashing performance by the players. I think we musn't underestimate what we've done again tonight.
"Two games against (Hajduk) Split (in the previous round) were always going to be difficult, especially going over there and the performance tonight against a good side was very, very good.
"It was a banana skin, we could have gone out with the wrong attitude and then if they'd have got their noses in front it would have been a tough game for us but right from the start we got after them, we played some smashing football and scored some good goals."
He is delighted to continue the European adventure for the fans.
He added: "It's something that this football club has never done, for us to now be in the Europa League, you know Stoke City four or five years ago we couldn't have dreamt it so it's important, it's another barrier that we've broken down and it's something that the supporters will enjoy and they are delighted.
"For us to get over 24,000 here tonight just shows that the club is on an up and the supporters are really enjoying it.
"It's going to make it difficult in the league for us, we know that, but it's new and it's fresh and the supporters who pay a lot of money were desperate for us try and get through to the group stages so fingers crossed now we can pull a couple of big clubs and bring them down to the Brittania."