Pulis calls for consistency after Pogrebnyak escapes

 

Fulham 2 Stoke City 1

The Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, was left bemoaning the state of refereeing in the Premier League after the Fulham debutant Pavel Pogrebnyak failed to incur punishment for a rash challenge. The Russian, who had earlier opened the scoring in Fulham's 2-1 victory on Saturday, caught Wilson Palacios high on the leg in front of the dugout, but referee Chris Foy failed to censure the player.

"Last week we had Robert Huth sent off [against Sunderland] for a challenge where he is going in and has pulled his two feet away and had both feet facing the ground," Pulis argued.

"We have seen a challenge today from the Russian lad on Palacios where he catches Wilson on the knee. The referee didn't see it. Keith Friend, the fourth official, is stood where we are and it was a very poor challenge. The inconsistency this season is really, really poor."

Pulis had earlier in the week pledged to send a DVD to the Football Association in an effort to clarify the laws on tackling. Pogrebnyak later left the field injured, hobbling off after a challenge with Ryan Shawcross.

The 28-year-old, playing his first match since joining from Stuttgart in the transfer window, opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour when he trapped John Arne Riise's effort on the edge of the area before rifling past Thomas Sorensen. Clint Dempsey's similarly powerful long-range effort cannoned in off Sorensen to double Fulham's lead at the break before a late Shawcross header gave Stoke brief hope.

Match Facts

Fulham: SCHWARZER 7/10; KELLY 6; HUGHES 6; HANGELAND 6; J RIISE 5; DUFF 6; DEMBELE 6; MURPHY 7 DEMPSEY 7; RUIZ 6; POGREBNYAK 7

Stoke: SORENSEN 6; WILKINSON 5; UPSON 5; SHAWCROSS 6; WILSON 6; ETHERINGTON 6; PALACIOS 5; WHELAN 6; WALTERS 6; CROUCH 5; JONES 6

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