• FT

    Tottenham

    2

    Newcastle

    1

  • FT

    Chelsea

    4

    Wigan

    1

  • FT

    Norwich

    0

    Fulham

    0

  • FT

    Stoke

    2

    Reading

    1

  • FT

    Sunderland

    0

    Arsenal

    1

  • FT

    Swansea

    4

    QPR

    1

  • FT

    Southampton

    3

    Man City

    1

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Britannia Stadium, England

Attendance: 26737

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Stoke City

  • Robert Huth 67'
  • Cameron Jerome 81'

2 - 1

FT

Reading

  • Adrian Mariappa 83'

Pulis relieved to hold on

Stoke manager Tony Pulis would have been "absolutely devastated'' if his side had been denied their first Premier League victory of 2013 against Reading.

The Potters, whose previous top-flight win had come on Boxing Day, beat Reading 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium having dominated much of the contest but been forced to endure a nervy finale.

After seeing his team hang on for the victory - unlike in their previous home outing, when they had squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Wigan - Pulis said: "It has been a long time. I thought we deserved to win the game - I would have been absolutely devastated if we hadn't won the game today.

"After the first half I thought we deserved to be coming in leading, but we just picked the pace up and the two subs (Jerome and Kenwyne Jones) made a great difference again. Cameron Jerome is a great impact player and he scored a great goal.''

Regarding the Le Fondre incident - where the in-form striker, also on as a substitute, went down in the box under the attentions of Ryan Shotton - Pulis said: "I haven't seen it on television. Firstly I was told it was a penalty, then I've just been told (you can see) it actually isn't from a different angle - that the lad isn't caught, but just arches his back and falls over.

"If you have seen it on television, you would most probably have a better idea. It will be interesting to see, but if it was a penalty, I have to say thank goodness we have had a break, because we deserve one.''

Reading boss Brian McDermott had no doubt what he thought about the penalty claim.

"Once we got to 2-1, I thought we would get it (a draw), and unfortunately the ref has missed a penalty at the end, the last kick of the game,'' McDermott said. "He got hold of the ball, flicked it by him and he caught him. It was a stonewall penalty. I've just gone in to see him (Oliver) and he didn't see it that way, so that's fine, but I thought it was.

"Sometimes as a manager you get those things - with the last kick of the game, it would have been great to get the point. We hung in there and showed great resilience and desire. This is not an easy place to come to, which everyone knows.''

Scoring Summary

  • Stoke City
  • Reading

Match Stats

  • Stoke City
  • Reading
12(6) Shots (on goal) 7(2)
10 Fouls 5
11 Corner kicks 3
0 Offsides 2
58% Time of Possession 42%
2 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 4

Teams

  • Stoke City
  • Reading
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Glenn Whelan (73')
Geoff Cameron (90 + 1')