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2015/16 Conclusions #3: Butland and Arnautovic rise above the rest

The player of the season contest was only ever a two-horse race, and if the identity of the contenders couldn’t quite be described as a surprise, it’s also fair to say you wouldn’t necessarily have called it this way at … Continue reading

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2015/16 Conclusions #2: Injuries wreak havoc

There’s no getting away from it, injuries did serious damage to our prospects in 2015-16.

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Conclusions 2015/16 #1: Ninth feels like both an accomplishment and regression

How to even begin unravelling Stoke City’s season, when the Premier League in general chose 2015/16 to fall into the realms of Fantasia? This was one long mad hatter’s tea party, starting with a row with a club doctor knocking the league’s … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-1 West Ham United 15.05.16

1) A bright finish we never saw coming Before kick off, three points seemed unlikely. At half time, they looked impossible. Another thrashing looked a distinct possibility, while at the other end it had seemed as if the next man … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City 07.05.16

1) Serious grounds for concern As English football’s unlikeliest of champions prepared for a bonkers party in the East Midlands, the only dilly dinging and indeed donging in Potteries football is coming from the alarm bells that are well and … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland 30.04.16

1) A curious improvement Ordinarily, a draw at home to the side in 17th place – coming as a result of a penalty conceded in the 92nd minute – would be a weekend ruiner. Disappointing though this draw undeniably is, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City 23.04.16

1) This is getting embarrassing now When you go into a game actively expecting to lose 4-0, something is badly wrong. At the end of a week when the world lost Prince, Stoke partied not like it was 1999, but … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur 18.04.16

1) An exercise in sloth and cowardice  Strewth, where to start dissecting this? Shall we start by getting the excuses out of the way?

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City 13.04.16

1) A Mersey killing Well that’s pretty much that then. Technically it might well still be possible to finish strongly and even sneak into Europe. But this was a performance that screamed ‘it’s over’. There are too many players out, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City 02.04.16

1) Stoke do it to themselves (and that’s what really hurts) For some reason, this feels worse than a defeat.

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