Stoke manager Tony Pulis had high praise for Manchester City after his side’s home FA Cup defeat.
Manchester City finished 1-0 with Zabaleta scoring five minutes from full time and Pulis admitted that Manchester City were ‘first class’.
"We played more open than we normally do at home,” he told Sky Sports. "In a cup-tie you want to catch them and have a go at them. You have got to give City a lot of credit. Their attitude and approach was first class.
"By playing as open as we did, against the best teams, it always gives them an opportunity to attack and create chances and I thought they did that well.
"Although we are disappointed to have lost the game, and lost it in the last few minutes, you have got to give City a lot of credit.
"Unfortunately, when you come up against the best teams, they need to be a little below par, and you need to be right on top of your game and we weren't right on top of our game today."