After a torrid run, which now has brought
On transfer deadline day, he signed three central midfielders. Two of them, Steven Nzonzi and Maurice Edu, did not appear here, but the most expensive, Charlie Adam, arrived as a substitute when Andy Wilkinson sustained concussion.
With Stoke a goal down to a Shaun Maloney penalty, the presence of someone new lifted the team and within four minutes an equaliser was found when another spot kick was awarded and Jonathan Walters calmly dispatched it.
Privately, Pulis will hope that Adam is an upgrade on Glenn Whelan, the Irishman who performs with diligence, but without the depth of passing range that Adam displayed at Blackpool before a disappointing year at Liverpool. Theoretically, Nzonzi and Edu, meanwhile, will offer even more brute strength and mobility than their predecessors. In American Geoff Cameron, Pulis has also sourced someone to take over throw-in duties from Rory Delap, now aged 36.
Adam, who revealed afterwards that he decided to leave Anfield after manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed he would not be a regular starter following the signing of Joe Allen from Swansea City, insists that his new team would not alter their direct style just to accommodate one player.
“This club has been successful in the way it has played over the last five years and the manager wanted to bring me in to add to the quality that he has,” Adam said. “I’m not going to change the way Stoke play. I’m just another part of the jigsaw.”
One of Pulis’s primary considerations when signing Adam was his ability from set-pieces.
With the score 2-2 after a right-footed strike by Franco di Santo and a header from Peter Crouch, Adam nearly gave Stoke an ill-deserved victory with a deflected free-kick late on. Instead, Ali Al Habsi managed to claw the effort away and Cameron Jerome made a mess of the rebound.
Al Habsi missed the birth of his second child who was born in Oman at 7.30am on Saturday.
“We expected his wife to go into labour on Sunday or the day after,” said
“But we see making those saves as something normal. And that’s the best compliment I can give him.”