As we said yesterday – after listening to Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday we were more convinced than ever that we will be hard pressed to even get a draw – and of course it didn’t help that Loic Remy is again not fit – although he’s back in training and should be available for the home game against Swansea a week tomorrow.
Loic Remy – in action against Norwich City
Here’s some of that Alan Pardew said yesterday during his press conference for the tough game for us:
“I think pressure on any squad has to be channeled in the right way.” “We’ve got to channel that pressure that’s on us into a performance, and that’s something that we’ve done well at this football club in the past.”
“We’ve had a lot of pressure on us in different circumstances and we’ve dealt well with it, particularly since I’ve been here, so I’m very confident that these players can deal with that pressure.”
“I think this is a tough game for us this weekend on the back of the results we’ve had, but we’re going to have to face it full on.” “The crowd are terrific for Stoke, and they have been through the Tony Pulis years and now with Mark, so it’s a difficult environment,”
“They’ve mixed their game up, changed the way they play a little – for the better if I’m honest. It seems to suit the players they have at the moment and it’s a difficult game for us.”
And in our poll about three in four fans think we’ll lose the game tomorrow, and if we do then that will be five defeats in the last six games, which is simply a terrible record.
We hope the lads can shock us tomorrow and get something out of this game and give us all something to cheer about.