Stoke manager Tony Pulis wants more to be done to combat divers


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Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes more should be done about simulation in the game after his side lost 1-0 at Chelsea on Saturday.

Ashley Cole scored late on to continue the Blues' impressive start to the Barclays Premier League season, but Pulis was unhappy with the antics of some of Roberto Di Matteo's players.

The Potters boss said: "This is England. We're playing in England. We're not playing in Europe.

"And we can't watch people just fall over and not talk about it. That's the disappointing thing.

"We should highlight it and keep highlighting it and keep highlighting it."

Pulis was also unhappy with David Luiz, who was only shown a yellow card for a two-footed challenge on Jonathan Walters.

Di Matteo, who confirmed after the game that Luiz had signed a new five-year contract with the club, admitted his side had left it late before Cole's first goal in over two years.

"Obviously, when it comes towards the last 20 minutes, time is running out," the Italian said.

"But when you play against Stoke, it's always so hard to break them down and they defend with so many men and they're very well drilled as well."

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is looking to the club's fans to continue to back the team after they picked up their first points of the season with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa at St Mary's.

Darren Bent opened the scoring for Villa but two goals from Rickie Lambert, one from Nathaniel Clyne and a Ciaran Clark own goal ensured Adkins' side took the spoils on a day the club announced they had signed former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc on a free transfer.

Adkins said: "We want to pass the football and everyone is well aware of that. We've done it on many, many occasions.

"I think the supporters understand that as well and there was a massive togetherness all the way through the stadium."

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill acknowledged the value of Steven Fletcher after the summer signing grabbed his fourth goal in three games since his move from Wolves in the 1-1 draw at West Ham.

"Fletcher is playing brilliantly for us. He has scored all of our goals so far," the Northern Irishman said.

"He is bringing players into play, he is proving himself an all-round high-quality centre-forward."

Ricardo Vaz Te and Kevin Nolan both went close before the latter volleyed the equaliser in stoppage time.

West Brom continued their superb start to the season as Romelu Lukaku drilled the only goal of the game in the 71st minute to see off Reading 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Hugo Rodallega came back to haunt his former club as he netted the opener for Fulham in a 2-1 win against Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Rodallega's 31st-minute header set Fulham on their way to three points and Damien Duff slotted home to make it 2-0 on 68 minutes. Arouna Kone netted a stoppage-time consolation for the hosts.

Everton continued their promising start to the season by coasting to a 3-0 win at Swansea.

Victor Anichebe opened the scoring on 21 minutes and Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini added further goals. The Swans had substitute Nathan Dyer sent off in the 58th minute.