Pulis pleased as Stoke ease past Cup opponents Derby

Stoke City eased past Derby County in yesterday's FA Cup clash.

Stoke City eased past Derby County in yesterday's FA Cup clash.

Goals from striker Cameron Jerome in the fifth minute and defender Robert Huth in the 81st eased last season's beaten finalists into the hat for the fifth round.

Stoke fully merited their place in the last 16, and now all manager Tony Pulis is hoping for is a home draw for the next round after two on the road so far in the competition.

"It was always going to be a tough game as Derby have been on a great run of late," Pulis said.

"We started well, scored the goal, but then I thought we were sloppy after that, and in the last 20 minutes of the first half Derby played really well and caused us problems.

"At half-time we dusted a few down and they went out a little more focused in the second half, and we were pleased with that in the respect that I don't think they had a shot.

"That was testament to the lads and the focus on what they had to do.

"For me now I just want the next tie to be at the Britannia, and we'll take whoever comes."

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