Football - Pulis praises rearguard

Stoke manager Tony Pulis could not hide his delight after his side picked up a point in a goalless draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

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Spurs threw everything at the Potters but they showed exactly why they have the best defensive record in the Premier League as Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic all put in towering performances to keep the likes of Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor at bay.

Adebayor and Defoe had half-chances either side of the break but Begovic was not really tested until injury time when he saved Gylfi Sigurdsson's header from close range.

Stoke have built their eight-match unbeaten run around their solid defence, who have kept nine clean sheets this term.

Spurs had to resort to long shots for most of the match and Pulis was very happy with his team's shut-out against one of the quickest attacks in the league.

"We are delighted. That's nine clean sheets now," Pulis said.

"We look solid defensively. They had a few shots from outside box and that one great save from Asmir so we are very pleased with how we played.

"We talk about the two centre-halves and the goalkeeper but I think all the players work so hard on organisation and discipline.

"It's a great point at a great football club."

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