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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland 15.10.16

1) Wins and clean sheets and Joe Allens oh my! It’s been coming. Slowly but surely. But the pressure was on. Failure to win this, the first in a series of eminently winnable games between now and the festive season, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Manchester United 1-1 Stoke City 02.10.16

1) The comeback starts here At long last, a result at Old Trafford! How typically Stoke City that our first point away at Manchester United since the week after John Lennon was shot (Lee Chapman’s strike making rather fewer headlines than … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-1 West Brom 24.09.16

1) Hughes blows his mini-redemption Let’s start with a basic statement of the obvious. This is a draw that feels like a defeat.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke City 18.09.16

1) A tale of two transfer windows What separates football from other sports is emotion. No other sport sweeps you away, or gets woven so deeply into the fabric of who you are.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur 10.09.16

1) Stoke are absolutely where they deserve to be Rewatching the ‘highlights’ of this debacle, there was a point at which Mark Hughes, exiled in dudgeon to the stands, could be seen blindly poking away at a mobile device, communication … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Everton 1-0 Stoke City 27.08.16

1) The Crouch gamble was understandable, but didn’t pay off Different striker, same outcome. Mark Hughes tried something different at Everton in handing Peter Crouch only his fifth league start since August 2015. Yet the underlying problems remain – Stoke simply … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City 20.08.16

1) A harsh scoreline, but a harsher glare on Stoke’s deficiencies First of all, this was not a 4-1 game.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Middlesbrough 1-1 Stoke City 13.08.16

1) Gutsy second half masks familiar concerns In any context, this was a good result. Not just because newly promoted sides on their own patch are a notoriously tricky first opponent, but because

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2015/16 Conclusions #5: The honeymoon is over for Mark Hughes

For all the mitigating circumstances that contributed to our disappointments this season, and despite attaining a respectable position once again, Mark Hughes’ managerial reign at Stoke is under scrutiny for the first time. And with good reason.

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2015/16 Conclusions: #4 The purse strings are finally loosened with mixed results

One of the manager’s best qualities thus far has been his ability to work with a relatively low budget and still take the club to its best league finishes since the 1970s.

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