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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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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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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 1-2 Southampton 12.03.16

  1) Home games have become something to dread Unbeaten in four. Opponents have taken one point from their last available seven. Their star striker hasn’t scored for 11 games. Did anyone not see this coming?

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday 01.12.15

1) Hughes’ gamble pays off When you’re Stoke City Football Club, League Cup quarter-finals don’t come along every day. While the FA Cup’s baby brother remains our only major honour, our record in the competition since – particularly in the … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-0 Chelsea 07.11.15

1) Can we play Blue every week? The biggest surprise is that it wasn’t a surprise.

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The New Boys: Jakob Haugaard

A gigantic Danish goalkeeper, signed for just over half a million quid from the Danish champions. Is Mark Hughes having flashbacks to the summer of 1991?

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