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Pulis ponders wasted chances, Hughes eyes City date

6 May 2012 21:50

Stoke manager Tony Pulis regretted the profligacy of his team after seeing QPR snatch a late winner to keep their survival hopes alive.

It appeared the Potters would earn a point against the relegation-threatened outfit but a late Djibril Cisse strike sent them back to Staffordshire empty handed.

However, Pulis said the result could have been very different on another day had his side converted their dominance into goals.

He told reporters: "The disappointing thing is right from the first whistle where Cammy (Cameron Jerome) has had a great chance. When we've gone in there and we've put ourselves in really good positions, (but) we've not hit the target.

"I don't think we made the keeper make a save yet we created opportunities again today.

"If you sit down and have a look at it and analyse it there is about four or five chances where you'd expect us to score and like I say we didn't take those chances."

Despite the defeat, Pulis was quick to praise his players for how they approached the match given that they have nothing to play for, as Stoke are comfortably above the relegation scrap but too far behind qualification to the Europa League.

"We're disappointed, I don't think it was a game we deserved to lose.

"We'll move on, (I don't think you can question) the players attitude and application, I think they were really at it."

QPR manager Mark Hughes was notably elated following Cisse's dramatic late strike, but the former Manchester City boss was already eying their final league encounter against his old side, as the Londoners aim to sew up their spot in the top flight next season.

To guarantee their Premier League place, however, they must take points off leaders City, which would almost certainly see Roberto Mancini's men cough up the title they have all but sealed.

But Hughes encouraged his squad to play like they never have before to keep QPR in the top division.

"We have to go to Man City and play out of our skins and hope that they have a little bit of a bad day, and a bit of nerves because of their own situation and maybe we can get something out of it," Hughes told Sky Sports.

"Obviously today (the win over Stoke) was key from our point of view, we had to make sure we gave ourselves a chance in the last game and we have done that."

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