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When a team excels its expectations and the fans taste success, the expectations for the future inevitably rise as well. This can often work against a club. Fans often have short memories and expect their team to continue to rise at a rate that just isn’t possible. These expectations are the reason why Tony Pulis has recently been defending his job at Stoke. Since their promotion is 2008, Stoke have reached an FA Cup Final and progressed through the group stages of the Europa League. They have also consistently kept …

As a Premier League snob, I miss the old days when Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Southampton, Coventry, Derby—and I could go on—were in the Premier League. Despite my utopian image of the Prem, there is one team that have cemented their place in this league for me. That team is Stoke City.
A lot of people would say that Stoke’s style of play is boring and ancient, but I think otherwise. The way Stoke play is the way I have always pictured English football to be: strong, aggressive and neat. And Stoke also …

Although they are hardly the most aesthetic team in the Premier League, and divide the opinions of football fans nationwide; one thing Stoke City cannot be accused of is lacking is a gameplan. Like them or lump them (excuse the pun) it does not take a long time to fathom their approach to football. Set-pieces, crosses and a rigid shape from a robust back four and midfield when defending are their mantras. Stoke are dubbed pragmatic and unpleasant at a comparable rate, but no-one accuse them of lacking a philosophy …

Stoke City’s direct, style of play, is a welcomed throwback to when English football was a complete contrast to the ‘tika-taka’, possession based technical style of football we see now in the Premier League.
Through the powerful medium of the media, Stoke’s style of play, is far from being praised, but is castigated and heavily criticised by sections of football, but above all else its very effective and also has kept the “working class” club; Stoke City, in the Premier League for four seasons now. Stoke are unique team, who typify …

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
    
Venue: Stamford Bridge  Date: 15:00, Saturday 22 September
Team News:
Chelsea’s new superstar Oscar is expected to be fit after his ankle injury against Juventus on Wednesday. Both Daniel Sturridge and Marko Marin will both miss out again through similar hamstring injuries.
Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson will begin his three match ban after accepting violent conduct charge. The Potters could have their midfielder James Ness return from injury.
Match Preview:
Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after a three match winless streak, however only one of those games was in the Premier …

Joey Barton announced to Twitter Tuesday morning that his “dream loan move” to Marseille was off and that he had been forced to train with the kids again.
What next for the Huyton born midfielder who just can’t seem to settle wherever it is he ends up, his spell at his first club Manchester City was littered with off the field issues, including a 4 month suspended prison sentence and 39 bookings and 3 red cards.
At St James Park he looked like he found a home after the club stood by …

Now I’m going to try and stay impartial in this blog because I support Sunderland but off the bat I will say that I thought the red card was harsh for Huth but the way Pulis acted after the game was just pathetic and it really should be him getting some sort of FA reprimand.
I was at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday for Stoke 0-1 Sunderland in what has to be the worst game I’ve ever been too, made better by the result but not by the Huth/Meyler/Pulis situation during …

On the 1st of January 2011, Stoke sat 8th in the Premier League, on the 1st of January 2012, Stoke sat 8th in the Premier League also, but whats happened in the last 12 months will never be forgotten by those Stokies who stayed sober enough at the key moments (and yes I know of people who regret getting so drunk they have nothing but the DVDs to remember it by).
 
So a quick history lesson for any non Stoke City fans who might be reading, or new Stoke fans who have decided …

It was, simply, Stoke’s finest game of the season. This match had everything, from red-cards to red-faced managers.
And so to it, yesterday’s clash between Stoke and Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke named a relatively unchanged side, with midfielder Jermaine Pennant the surprise omission from the squad. I refuse to speculate on the reason behind Pennant’s surprising exclusion. Make of it, what you will.
Harry Redknapp, recently recovered from heart surgery, has an abundance of talent at his disposal, as was evident in his team selection. An all-star lineup …

Apologies for not publishing my Newcastle match report. This very website was down and I ultimately didn’t get round to it. It was a melancholy tale anyhow.

Stoke ended a run of four consecutive losses with a convincing 3-1 win against struggling Blackburn, heaping even more pressure on strained boss Steve Kean.
The victory takes the Potters back into the top half of the table, after some fans were reaching for the panic button. Pulis selected an un-changed side, with the exception of Danny Higginbotham, who made way for Marc Wilson …