Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted he was glad to hear the half-time whistle before going on to win Sunday's clash at the Britiannia Stadium.
His side started well and looked to have taken a grip on proceedings when Gareth Bale brought down Tom Soares when he was through on goal, conceding a penalty and being sent off in the process. Danny Higginbotham drilled home the spot kick and we were left 1-0 down with 10 men for the remaining 70 minutes.
However, the 10 men responded in style, grabbed a deserved equaliser through Darren Bent and bossed the rest of the half, much to Pulis' despair.
"We played well for the first 15 minutes, went 1-0 up, they were down to 10 men but we were poor after that," said Pulis.
"We were like rabbits trapped in headlights for the rest of the first half - after they went down to 10 men we were garbage.
"The best thing that could have happened to us was half-time."
Stoke were a different team in the second half and vitally got themselves ahead again when Mammady Sidibe crossed for Rory Delap to ram home at the far post. It stayed at 2-1.
"We took a step back after going 1-0 up so we just told them to push up in the second half and not show them so much respect," added Pulis.
"The second half was more like us. We played with a bit of pace and could have scored more goals."