Stoke Are An Honest And Hard Working Side – But Beatable

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has talked today about just how good the Stoke City side has become under their manager Tony Pulis.

Tony Pulis – great manager for Stoke City

Chris talked about Stoke City today:

“There is more to Stoke than a physical presence. It is perhaps a little bit unfair on them. Some things are fact, they are very good at set-plays and of course Rory Delap’s throws. But they also have some good footballers.”

“You can’t become an established team in the Premier League without them. They are a big side and they play a fairly direct game with the players they have, but there is quality there. If you look at Kenwyne Jones, he is capable of getting on the end of set-plays, but he is also good on the ground.”

“I don’t think they will target Tim particularly, they will target any team with what they are good at and that is set-plays.”  “There aren’t many sides, if any, who have more potential match winners from set plays. I don’t see anybody else who has someone like Rory Delap with his throws.”

Stoke City are a big and powerful side, and good in the air, there’s no doubt about that, and that’s why we think both Andy Carroll and Mike Williamson, two tall lads who are  good in the air, will both start the game.

Andy will be important in defense tomorrow, if just to combat the Stoke set pieces, especially at corners.

But it would also be wrong to play Stoke up too much.

Yes Rory Delap is a decent player and a good taker of throw ins – but he’s hardly a Lionel Messi, let’s face it.   So Stoke are a very honest side, very physical, and very good at set plays – very much like what Bolton were, when Sam Allardyce was still at the Trotters.

But Newcastle now have some class players in their side, and that class tomorrow should be enough to take all 3 points at home, against a hard working side, and if we cannot do that, we’ll be very disappointed.

We must get the majority of  our league points at St. James’ Park this season, and the game against Stoke has to be looked on as a probable and likely win for Newcastle.

But of course we said exactly the same thing about our last game at home, against Blackpool, and we all know what happened then.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    howay then lads who do yous fancie for the draw at 12:15? weve been allocated no.9
    i would mind a nice home tie against brentford or northampton or anyone except man utd and arsenal but i bet we get drawn away to one of those two i swear its fixed =] i no if we wana win it we gota play the best teams bt id rather save them for the final wher we will hav our best team out and be well up for it. so my perfect draw would be NUFC vrs Brentford/Northampton
    and Man utd vrs Arsenal then not assed about the rest lol

  • pbtoon9

    Sep 25, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    think wev’e got a chance 2 win the cup but myt hav 2 ply more senior plyers later on. but 4 the nxt round a home draw wud b a big advantage. hope the toon gets a non prem team, and 2 big team draw that wud be gud! yer this cups always bin a fix wen we get a top team in the drw. but exited of how we beat chelsea lyk!!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Most teams reflect their manager & Stoke are no exception. They are a big, physical and a very aggressive side (look at some of the over zealous tackles in recent games) but they are the sort of side Newcastle not only should beat but need to beat at home if we are to become established in the PL & make the most of our last 2 away results & perfomances. We need to win the battle in the 1st 20-25 mins & then impose ourselves on them. Stoke are one of my tips to go down this season with 3 from Stoke, West Ham, Wigan & Blackpool

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Dear me we do have some morons on here, bad English Grammar & diabolical spelling. What are they teaching in school these days

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Stoke City are a big powerful side and why CH will likely pick Perch ahead of Ryan Taylor, because of his height.

    CH will likely select the same team that started against Everton last week although Campbell may get a start if his old legs have recovered from the Chelsea game……

    This is a game we should win if we are to survive in the PL this season!

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6

    this isnt and english exam its a blog aslong as people can read and understand what people say then who cares :s no need to call people morons and make yourself look like a twat slagging people off over the internet, get a grip mate

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #7

    I apologise for this being off the title subject but I’m with Geordiedoonsooth There are a lot of posters that come on here and I do not even bother to try and read what they have typed as it is generally ill thought out crap and often illegible.

    I’d lay a pound to a penny that most of the illegible posters put lots of effort in to try and keep up with the latest fashions whether it is by genuine labels or knock offs as they think it makes them look good, and yet they post often totally intelligible comments on a public forum for all to see and all it does is make them look moronic, you type like a moron then you appear like a moron.

    Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to knock people who are poor spellers but more those that deliberately miss-spell as they think it makes them look cool.

    GDS you are spot on we do have some morons on here

  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh I almost forgot I agree entirely with Edd in that Stoke are a good but very beatable team and these are the games we need to maximise the points from.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 26, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    GeordieToon89 can you honestly tell me you understand posts like the one from pbtoon9, I’m sorry but someone posting like that is a moron and I’m not a twat they are.


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