Pardew – Stoke Have Had A Great Season

Some managers have complained about Stoke City’s way of playing the game, it’s just too direct.

Tony Pulis – Stoke manager has done great in Premier League

But those are usually the managers who cannot work out how beat the Stoke side, who play with a lot of physicality and of course can be deadly from set plays, including those long throw-ins from Rory Delap.

Just last week a long throw in from Rory was headed into the net by big Robert Huth, as he went unchallenged by the West Ham defense, and we have to hope the Newcastle defense is more awake than that tomorrow afternoon.

Alan Pardew believes Stoke City are just different than a lot of teams in the Premier League, but since they came up in 2008, they have fared very well and are currently just a couple of points below Newcastle in the league.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Stoke’s style of play:

“It is a big statistic, how much they score from set plays, and the throw-ins add to that,” “It is an unbelievable throw and you have to cope with it.”

“That is the great thing about the Premier League – you have different flavors. And this flavor tests your character.” “But we have shown all along in this team that we have good character, so I don’t doubt that.”

“The credit is that they are doing very well in the league at the moment and are in the semi-final of the FA Cup, so they are having a great season,” “The most important thing for Stoke is to stay in the Premier League.”

“And looking at their league position this is an important home game for them.”   “So they will be desperate to win it, and that might play into our hands.”

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has labeled this game as a must win game for Stoke, and it’s important for Newcastle too, as we seek another 6 points for Premier League safety.

And since Newcastle got just a single point from our last two games, both at home, we have to start picking up those points again.

If Stoke do win tomorrow they will go above Newcastle in the league, and we will slip further down the league, so you can see why this game is also a big game for Newcastle, and a win would be terrific.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    If we play as badly as we did in our last two home games, we will get nothing but injuries at Stoke!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Stoke’s ugly and unloveable football stinks.

    Most weeks it’s just open assault on the opposition and they get away with it because we have the weakest and most easily intimidated refs in the world.

    Stoke’s ”alleged ” style of football may keep them in the top flight but all they’ve got to look forward to is years of midtable medioctrity, because they will never move beyond that with the way they play. Oh hang on a minute …..!

    Yes all we’ll get from this is probably more injuries.

    Funny how Liverpool played really weell when they beat Man u 3-1, without Carroll. Stick him in and all their passing football went out the window last night. What a shame !!

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    so if they have had a good season and we were a promoted side which lies above them in the table we have had great season.

  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Playing stoke at their own game is like having a Mud fight with a pig we all get dirty but the pig likes it.

    we must play our own game and just focus on that even if causes a loss but i feel if we stick to footballing principle we will beat them.


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