The royal team Reading lost their 3rd consecutive match against Stoke City. Both the teams play in the English Football League Championship which is the second tier league of the country. 21 teams take part in this league and the winner gets their place in the Premier League straight away. In the match against Stoke City, Reading was training with 2 goals even before the end of the first half. But the result will not tell you the actual story of the match. The Royal team was dominating throughout the match as they kept most of the ball possession with them.
But Stoke City capitalized the half chances that they got from the defensive lack of Reading and pulled the match in their favor. Despite the hard work of all the footballers of Reading, they couldn’t manage to score a single goal and lost the match. This defeat didn’t push them downwards in the table and Stoke City moved some steps higher in the table.
Stoke City opens up their options in the transfer window even though the season has not yet come to an end. Their place at Championship is still uncertain and the dates for either the next season or transfer window hasn’t been decided. But the speculations have begun regarding what Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill will be focusing in the summer transfer window what his strategies will be.
The names that have been linked are Wigan Athletic goalkeeperDavid Marshall and Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull. As Wigan has entered administration last week, they are making the bids to sell their players.
Hibernian winger Martin Boyle has his contract expire by the end of this season. As per the reports, two Championship club, Stoke City and Huddersfield Town, are competing for the player. The Scottish club has announced huge cuts on the budget as they have suffered huge losses due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
In the Championship table, Stoke City is standing at 18th position for 43 points and Huddersfield is on the 20th position with 42 points. They both have shown interest towards the player and with the current situation of Hibernian, they will be offering a very good deal concerning them. (more…)
Stoke City striker Sam Vokes has said that he has been in regular contact with Joe Allen since he suffered his Achilles injury in March. The Welsh midfielder has been a key member of the Potters squad but he won’t take any part for the rest of the season after sustaining the horrendous injury in the 5-1 win over Hull City.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Vokes said that he has been speaking regularly with his compatriot. He added that Allen was expected to miss out on the European Championship this summer but the postponement of the competition has done good for him, he told: “I speak to Joe regularly, I think he’s doing very well.
Jonathan Walters, who is the former Irish footballer, in a recent interview, complimented Stoke City on their precautionary measures in the time of Covid-19 pandemic. He may be retired, but still, he retains the connections with the football world and its fans.
He criticized British Health secretary Matt Hancock for commenting on how professional footballers of European leagues can contribute to the nation in order to control the economic downfall faced due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Xherdan Shaqiri has yet to overcome his persistent calf issues and he is unlikely to make a comeback in the near future. The Switzerland international has not featured for the club since January 11 and Klopp is unsure over a possible return date for the attacker.
In a report covered by the club’s official website, Klopp said that Shaqiri is nowhere close to training with the first-team squad and he cannot put any timeframe for him to return to first-team action, he told: “Not close to team training yet. We never did, but this time for sure we cannot, put any time pressure on it because it is obviously a difficult one. It was never a big one but always big enough to keep him out for another two or three weeks. So, we just wait. He is not close to team training.”
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has backed young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi to become one of the best in the world. The 20-year-old is presently in his second campaign with the Gunners and he has already become a constant figure at the heart of the midfielder alongside captain Granit Xhaka.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Lacazette compared Guendouzi with the top midfielders in the world by stating the Frenchman’s desire to make things happen with the ball. He added that his compatriot wants to be one of the best midfielders and he is going through the right path after making a positive beginning to the campaign.
Stoke City forward Scott Hogan believes the Potters have the ability to beat any team on their day despite making a poor start to the current campaign. The Staffordshire outfit are currently rock-bottom of the Championship after 11 games and they have gone into the international break with a boost after registering a late triumph over Swansea City on the road.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Hogan said that the break has come at the perfect time for the Potters and this will ensure that they won’t get carried away by the Swansea result. He added that the team are expected to perform much better than the recent run of results and the squad is capable of beating any side in the Championship.
Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has said that he is grateful that the board have backed him during a difficult period for the side. The 46-year-old joined the Potters as their new head coach from Luton in January this year but he has since guided the team to just three wins from 27 games in the Championship.
At present, the Staffordshire outfit are right at the bottom with just one point from the opening seven matches of the 2019/2020 season but the hierarchy are yet to yield the axe on the ex-Luton boss. Speaking in a press conference, Jones appreciated the support from the club’s owners but admitted that he can’t rely on the same, should the club’s poor run of form continue.