A salute to Stoke City’s unsung defensive heroes
Nov23

A salute to Stoke City’s unsung defensive heroes

Saturday’s victory at Southampton symbols more than just three points.  It’s the first time this season that Stoke have been able to follow up a good result with another win.  There have been one or two decent results earlier on in the season but they were usually followed by a defeat, however beating Chelsea followed by winning at St Mary’s provides a huge boost to the club. There are plenty of other positives that come with it,...

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A run of results that typifies Stoke City
Nov09

A run of results that typifies Stoke City

The last few weeks or so probably typify Stoke since Mark Hughes took over as boss. The Monday night trip to Swansea was one where most would have been happy with a point considering the record there and the quality of their side… three points it was. So, four consecutive wins with three clean sheets and Watford to come next at the Brit. Straightforward, right? Of course not. The best team won on the day without Stoke, at home, really...

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In-form Stoke can’t take Watford match for granted
Oct23

In-form Stoke can’t take Watford match for granted

I will be the first to admit I was not feeling overly optimistic when I set off for South Wales on Monday afternoon. Despite Stoke’s form and Swansea’s lack of it, the Liberty has been a bogey ground for the Potters since both sides were promoted, and even beyond that in the lower divisions. I’m pleased to say the side proved me wrong, and a fourth win in a row along with three clean sheets was secured. Most who watched on TV or...

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Things are finally looking up for Stoke
Oct12

Things are finally looking up for Stoke

It’s safe to say it has been an interesting start throughout England’s top division so far. Nobody expected Chelsea to be sat near the bottom end of the table, or West Ham and Leicester to make such flying starts. The same could be said for Stoke, I guess, who sat in the bottom three after six games without a win on the board. I stressed the importance of a win against Bournemouth in my previous blog, and that alongside a win at...

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Stoke must toughen up to beat Bournemouth
Sep24

Stoke must toughen up to beat Bournemouth

There’s no doubt that despite it being so early in the season, Stoke could really do with beating Bournemouth on Saturday. Not just for the three points, but just to bring some confidence to the dressing room more than anything. Getting that first victory as soon as possible is so important, and the longer you go without it the more people start to panic. If Mark Hughes’ side are to get that first win soon, one thing that needs to...

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Patience key for Stoke in search for first win
Sep11

Patience key for Stoke in search for first win

There’s no doubt that Stoke’s attacking talent now compared to the Pulis era has improved dramatically. The likes of Bojan, Arnautovic and Shaqiri have all signed for the club, leaving fans of other sides taking the Potters more serious than ever before. There’s plenty of optimism amongst fans but as it was last campaign, it’s important to be patient. Potential is without doubt there for the side to surpass last season’s ninth placed...

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