Tough Game At Stoke Tomorrow Night

Promotion-chasing Stoke are one of the Championship side’s most difficult teams to play and manager Tony Pulis has done an excellent job of rebuilding the Stoke City side.


Tony Pulis – has done a great job at Stoke City so far

Sam spoke about Stoke City and Tony Pulis today to the Newcastle Journal:

“Tony Pulis has built up an experienced squad of players from the Premiership,” “They are big, powerful and physical. They nearly got to the Premiership last season and want to get there this time.”

“It’s a difficult game but we know what we’re facing. We will have to deal with lots of aerial stuff and convert our own chances.”

“We have to accept that is the way Stoke will play and they will play their best because it’s the third round of the FA Cup and they’re playing Newcastle live on television.”

“They’d love to have a big scalp so I think they’ll play above themselves. We can’t afford to get knocked out as we want to have a good cup run.”

Stoke are currently 4th top of the Championship, on 43 points from their 26 games and are just 4 points off joint leaders West Bromwich Albion and Watford.  At home they have won 6, drawn 4 and lost 3 and their home and away records are almost identical. Stoke have picked up 21 points from their 13 games on the road this season.

It should be a good close game tomorrow, and of course it’s being televised live around the world. And we are at least due a little luck sometime soon. Maybe we’ll get some of that odd commodity tomorrow, we may need it.

Comments very welcome.

14 comments so far

  • George

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    rather unfortunately, every game we play now is a tough one.
    No disrespect to Stoke, but this is a team that should not pose a problem, but through no fault of their own, Stoke now find themselves in the unenvious position of being favourites, and rightly so in my book, afterall, what have we done of late to warrant that distinction.
    But as with all NUFC supporters i have every thing crossed and pray for a miracle in our favour.
    Stoke City 2
    NUFC 3 (Owen hat-trick)

  • scott9

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    no transfer rumours today whoes the mystery bid for maybe sams working on it

  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    tbh i couldnt care less anymore

  • MattyDread

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    A good cup run would certainly add some sort of shine to an otherwise hopeless season.

  • malaysian youngster

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5

    george you are very optimistic. but i really need a win to cheer myself up before my college start.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    i have the same worries as malaysian youngster 🙁

    university and exams start on monday so if we don’t win on Sunday i’ll be the most depressed guy on campus.

  • Steeley

    Jan 5, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

    A good cup run could, in reality, be the worst thing that could happen to the club as well. It would give Fat Sam an excuse not to be sacked when we finish near the drop zone come the end of the season!!

  • Leo

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #8


  • Obafan

    Jan 5, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    What i will say is perhaps hard
    1. If we win; the better fos us and I really hope we win
    2. If we lose; then hopefully we get rid of an inknown manager.

    I really hope we win, but if we lose I really hope that something will be done, cause it can continue like this.

  • steve

    Jan 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Morts already come out and said the Stoke game defeat won’t hasten Sams departure.

    This should be an easy game, but I fear we’ll try and contain them and play 4-5-1, Owen will def not play the full game, the ground is going to be very heavy and I won’t be surprised to see him get a strain of some sort.

    That leaves slowmo viduka and useless smith as strikers……….man this is very depressing, it’s on BBC so everyones going to see how bad we are and take the p!55 out of me on Monday 🙁

  • JoshI

    Jan 5, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Steve – same! i live in Cheltenham, nd if we play shit im gona get the piss ripped into me 🙁 sad times. What makes it worse all my freinds support top 4 clubs, so theirs no one i can relate to.

  • carl

    Jan 5, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    agree, i live in surrey and im already getting the piss ripped out of me, so a win is a must, if we play as we did wednesday but take our chances then we will win, but im afraid sam will play 451 and wel get beat 1 or 2 nil

  • StevieA

    Jan 5, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Shola needs to play in this one. It’s Taylor-made for an Ameobi brace.

    This is the kind of game he excel’s in so we should take advantage of that. He must be fully fit now too surely!

  • Kiwi Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 5:23 AM

    Comment #14

    If playing Stoke is going to be a tough game, the outlook looks positive for the Man U game. 🙁


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