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