Stoke City boss Tony Pulis was thrilled with his players after their victory at Manchester City.

He was particularly impressed by goalscorer Peter Crouch.

He said: "It was a very competitive game, a good game. We were disappointed in the first half we never got a penalty, we thought (Gareth) Barry's challenge on (Glenn) Whelan was a definite penalty.

"In the second half, Crouchy's goal was fantastic.

"He does that in training, it is not a one-off. Technically he is a very gifted young lad.

"I thought he was fantastic today, the best player on the pitch.

"He led us really with his spirit, attitude and commitment, never mind his technical ability.

"We have just played three games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs, all away, so this was a fantastic performance.

"They are an honest group of players who work very hard."