The Top 5 Conclusions from Newcastle 1-1 Stoke City 08.02.15

1)  Justice snatched from the grip of a shafting

Late goals have become increasingly rare beasts in Stoke City games this season. Before last weekend, we hadn’t scored a goal in the last 10 minutes since Ryan Shawcross one-yard screamer at Hull in the campaign’s second weekend. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 3-1 QPR 31.01.15

1)  Nervy and unconvincing, but the best team won

How sweet is it to actually kill off a game definitively? It’s the kind of thing that Stoke City rarely seem to manage – usually, when we’re not playing especially well and under the cosh, we either just about get away with it, or we blow it. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Leicester City 0-1 Stoke City 17.01.15

 

1)  September is avenged

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Stoke learned their lesson from their home humbling at the hands (paws?) of the Foxes earlier in the season, winning by the exact same scoreline on a crisp January afternoon at the Walkers Stadium (sorry). Continue reading

The New Boys: Philipp Wollscheid

Bravery is an important quality in a centre half, and it’s one that Philipp Wollscheid has shown plenty of before he even kicked a ball in Stoke City colours – just by moving to a country that can and will freely and easily distort his surname should he not measure up on the field. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 3-1 Wrexham 04.01.15

1. No panic, no drama, but no fun either

It’s funny how decidedly unmagical the FA Cup feels when you’re a shivering wretch, watching a game of football Bergman-esque in its bleakness – and your team are the poor mugs everyone wants to see giant-killed. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 1-1 Manchester Utd 01.01.15

 

1)  Hughes’ 4-4-2 almost worked again

11 months to the day since our first ever Premier League win over Manchester United, Mark Hughes once again turned to Mike Bassett’s favoured formation, and was unlucky not to prevail again over his former club. Continue reading

The Top 5 Conclusions from Stoke City 2-0 West Brom 28.12.14

 

1)  Mark, the Herald Angels Sing

First back to back wins of the season. First consecutive clean sheets. First home win over West Brom for six years. Whatever happens against Manchester United on New Year’s Day, it’s been a pretty bloody good Christmas for Leslie Mark Hughes and Stoke City. Continue reading