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Pulis Delighted With A Point

2 March 2014

Tony Pulis was delighted to come away from Wales with a well earned point after a disappointing opening 45 minutes. 

"I take full responsibility for the way we played in the first half as we had worked all week on trying to counter attack them down the sides, we've done well with that plan this season but today I went into the dressing room and said it was my fault and we would change it.

"It's very difficult playing against sides with three in midfield, especially Swansea who are one of the best passing teams in English football. The good passing sides murder you if you don't match them up in midfield and even in the second half we had Cameron Jerome dropping back into midfield when they had the ball. 

"In the first half we were hoping our three midfielders would supply our two wide men so they could break but today that didn't happen as the home side made it difficult for that to happen. 

"Second half we played more on the front foot and made them defend a bit more and the longer the game went on the more dominant we became.

"I am delighted to get a point here at what is a really good and well established Premier League side."

The equaliser came from the penalty spot and it was Glenn Murray who stepped up for to fire home his first Premier League goal.

"Glenn has worked hard over the past few months so full credit to him to take his chance today. It was not easy for him at the end of the season with all the celebrations and him not being able to take part but he showed great character today to put the penalty away. 

"The first touch is just outside the box but he then goes on and makes a further challenge just inside the box. The referee stuck by the rules and he had to dismiss their player once the penalty had been given."

The gaffer was not so pleased however to see two of his players trying to win penalties and will discipline them to show this is not something he is happy with.

"It was disappointing to see Jerome Thomas and Chamakh go down looking for penalties and both will get fined for their actions. Over the last couple of years this has started to disappear from our game and I just don't condone it at a football club that I manage. I have spoken to the referee and apologised for their actions." 

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