Stoke boss Tony Pulis pleased with Jonathan Woodgate debut

Pulis pleased with Woodgate debut
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Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says that he was pleased with Jonathan Woodgate's debut performance last night.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has said that he was pleased with Jonathan Woodgate's debut performance last night.

The Potters overcame Croation outfit Hajduk Spilt in their Europa League qualifying match, where the former England international partnered Ryan Shawcross in central defence.

"I thought he and Ryan, the two centre-halves, were absolutely fantastic," Pulis told reporters.

"I don't think they put a foot wrong. The game was picked [for Woodgate] because we knew we would need experience.

"That was also why we brought Salif Diao on for the last quarter of an hour, because he has played in this type of atmosphere as well.

"Those players helped us enormously."

Woodgate joined Stoke from Tottenham, where he made just 49 appearances in three seasons.

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