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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 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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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 Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City 05.03.16

1) First Premier League point at Stamford Bridge is well worth the wait The last time Stoke got any kind of league result at Chelsea, the original version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ was number one in the charts, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa 27.02.16

 1) Heavy weather against the worst team in the league  As a current resident of the nation’s second city, I was thoroughly looking forward to SCFC hammering another nail into Aston Villa’s already suitably secure coffin.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Leicester City 3-0 Stoke City 23.01.16

1) Charity begins with Stoke Fairytale story threatened by a reality check? Does it look like the wheels are in danger of coming off? Star striker not scored for a while? Star winger becoming more renowned for missing penalties than … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Everton 3-4 Stoke City 28.12.15

1) 93 minutes of insanity It’s not enormously fashionable to invoke Alton Towers at the moment, but during my youth in the early 90s, the box office ride at Staffordshire’s foremost adventure park was the Corkscrew.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-0 Man City 5.12.15

1) Majesty, thy name is Stoke City Let’s lay it all out on the line here. In 25 years, I have never seen Stoke City play football of that quality.

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The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 0-1 WBA 29.08.15

1) The archetypal brave defeat The scoreline wasn’t a surprise. It was Tony Pulis’ third straight 1-0 win over Mark Hughes and his former paymasters from the Potteries. Yet it’s fair to say none of us expected things to unfold … Continue reading

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