Stoke Cheat Their Way to Wembley
Everyone seems to have had a go at the refereeing in yesterday's Stoke vs West Ham semi-final from Avram Grant to Scott Parker.
Most ridiculously Tony Pulis has once again laid into a referee after a game, claiming that Stoke are nearly always the victims of bad decisions. The hypocrisy of Pulis moaning about refereeing decisions is astounding. Especially as Stoke obviously practise how to foul the opposition at set pieces and every week he sends his teams out to basically cheat their way to victory.
I think there is a difference between Piquionne's handball and Stoke's continual fouling at set pieces. Piquionne's handball was done in the heat of the moment. Whereas Stoke obviously spend hours in training practising how to obstruct the opposition at set pieces.
Piquionne's goal shouldn't have stood. But Upson was obstructed for Stoke's first goal and Spector was pulled out of the wall and thrown to the ground for Stoke's second.
I don't think West Ham did enough to deserve to win yesterday's game. But if I was a Stoke fan I would be extremely embarrassed today to support such an anti-football side.