Pulis upbeat despite loss
Stoke boss Tony Pulis remained upbeat after seeing his side lose their unbeaten Europa League record with at Besiktas.
Last Updated: 15/12/11 7:53am
Stoke boss Tony Pulis remained upbeat after seeing his side lose their unbeaten Europa League record with a 3-1 defeat to Besiktas in Istanbul.
The Potters went into the match already certain of qualification and knowing a draw would be enough to win Group E.
They took the lead completely against the run of play through Ricardo Fuller's deflected 29th minute strike.
But the game turned when Matthew Upson was shown a red card for bringing down Hugo Almeida in the box and Manuel Fernandes netted the resulting 59th-minute penalty.
With a man advantage and the raucous Inonu Stadium crowd in full voice, the second goal came in the 74th minute from Mustafa Pektemek before fellow substitute Edu added some gloss eight minutes later.
Pulis, who left all 11 players that had started against Tottenham last weekend at home, said: "It was a really good performance.
"The first quarter of an hour we were a little bit on the back foot, we looked like a team who hadn't played together for a while.
"Then the goal went in and we looked very comfortable.
"For all their possession in the first half, we had the three best chances.
"We've gone down with a bit of glory today."
The negative side of the terrific atmosphere was two incidents where Fuller and Jermaine Pennant were apparently hit by objects thrown from the crowd.
But Pulis insisted Stoke would not report the incident to UEFA.
He said: "We won't be complaining to anyone. We're Stoke and we don't complain. Hopefully we'll have benefited from all this."