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