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Month: March 2012


Posted on March 26, 2012  in Stoke

Stoke City lost a chance to get famous away win in North London after they let in an equaliser from Tottenham in the dying minutes of the match.

Stoke City made the trip to White Hart Lane for the match against Tottenham on Wednesday night, and it was a match that provided Stoke City with the opportunity to take all three points given that Tottenham were coming into the match on a poor run of form.

As expected, it was a very sluggish start from the team in third in the table. They created only one worthy opportunity in the first half through Luka Modric, as Stoke City’s defence played really well.

Stoke City then took the lead through Cameron Jerome in the 75th minute, which finally looked like bringing an end to any relegation trouble they may have come the end of the season. Stoke City are currently in the 11th position in the table with 37 points on the board. They are fast approaching the 40 point mark, which will guarantee their safety for the next Premier league season.

After Stoke City took the lead through Cameron Jerome, Tottenham were woken into life. They created a number of chances in the dying minutes of the game, but the Stoke City defence held firm throughout, right up until the 90th minute.

The 90th minute equaliser from Rafael van der Vaart was crucial for Tottenham, as it brought the run of three consecutive defeats to an end.

Tottenham given face Chelsea during the weekend, with 3/1 being the best football odds available. Stoke City, meanwhile, will be facing second placed Manchester City at home. Manchester City come on the back of a 2-1 morale boosting win over Chelsea.


Month: March 2012


Posted on March 20, 2012

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has said that he is extremely proud of his players after they won against Norwich City during the weekend.

The win is extremely crucial for Stoke City given that they have been distracted by the European campaign experiences during the middle of the season.

However, having been knocked out of the Europa league recently, Stoke City can focus their attention on the Premier league once again. Following the 1-0 win over Norwich City, Tony Pulis says that he is extremely proud of his players, who have achieved this victory even after the ‘draining campaign’.

Stoke City have recently played their 44th match of the season. This is an extremely large amount of football for the club but that does not have deep squad like the clubs like Manchester City and Manchester United. As a result, they were not expected to be at their best for the home match against Norwich City. However, Stoke City won the match after a goal from Matthew Etherington in the second half gave them all three points. It also puts them in the ninth position in the table, thus ensuring another season of Premier league football.

“It is draining, but what the players have done is get their heads down. They got a great result at Crawley – we went there and won with 10 men – and for that game, the Swansea game and now Norwich, the lads have really got their heads down and worked tremendously hard to get the results we want. We are sitting mid-table in the Premier League,” Tony Pulis said after the match. Aside from Aston Villa, none of the teams closer to the top half of the table need to worry about relegation as of now. Stoke City have 36 points on the board right now.