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.