Archive for September, 2019

Nathan Jones won’t be sacked, well not before the Forest game

Nathan Jones won’t be sacked, well not before the Forest game.

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones will not be sacked before Friday night’s clash with Nottingham Forest according to Rob Dorsett.

Rob Dorsett tweeted out that Jones won’t be sacked before Friday night’s clash with Forest, although the board’s patience is believed to be wearing thin.

Rob has also said that Jones feels the upcoming clash with Forest will be make or break when it comes to deciding his future at the bet365 Stadium.

The current run cannot go on and I feel sorry for Nathan Jones, he’s hasn’t become a bad manager over night. Jones came to the club with a great record at Luton and the club believed they had managed to get one of the new up and coming stars in management.

Things didn’t go to plan right from the off to the start of the season, nobody could of predicted the shocking errors made by the playing staff or the glaring misses the likes of Joe Allen have made. Stoke have a weak mentality after 3 years of under performing, is Nathan Jones a strong enough manager to get them firing, on current viewing it doesn’t look so.

Will the Coates family act, well if they do act one way or the other they better make it fast, as no side that has got 2 points after 8 games has finished higher than 14th in the league since 2004. What’s worse is nearly all sides on that points tally get relegated.

Crawley Town Manager has said tonight’s game v Stoke City will be harder than their previous EFL Cup game v Norwich

Crawley boss Gabriele Cioffi has said that the Carabao Cup fixture against Stoke will be more difficult than the previous round’s fixture against Premier League side, Norwich.

Cioffi said to Crawley Town media “It’s crazy for anyone to think this is an easier game than Norwich – in fact it will be even more difficult.

“They have a very strong squad and a good manager. They have been a bit unlucky in recent weeks but there is no question they have quality. They will know what to expect and will be well prepared.

“The challenge for our players is can they repeat what they did against Norwich? Can we get some good fortune again which we need when we play any team from a higher division? Can we respond to what I’m sure will be a strong home crowd?”

Who Starts for Stoke City against Crawley Town

Who starts tonight v Crawley Town?

With three games in quick succession its hard to believe that Nathan Jones would not change the team from the one that Drew away to Brentford.

Nathan has already alluded to the fact in a recent interview in the Sentinel.

“There will be changes because it’s the nature of the beast,” said the Stoke boss. “Eight games last month and more this month.

“We have to make sure everyone is fresh and with that in mind we will have to make certain changes.

Starting line up for last Cup game. Butland,Ward,BMI,Batth,Smith,Carter-Vickers,Smith,Woods,Clucas,Ince,Campbell,Vokes

That game was Tyrese Campbell’s only start this season, could he get another tonight!

What would be your starting XI? Discuss on our social media platforms

Crawley Town v Stoke City

Crawley Town v Stoke City

This is a fixture we don’t want to see too often as Stoke fans though Stoke do have a 100% record against Crawley Town.

One Hundred percent record sounds good but when Stoke have only faced Crawley once in history is not hard to get. That fixture was in 2012 in a FA Cup tie, Stoke City ran out 2-0 winners with Jon Walters and Peter Crouch scoring the goals.

Crawley Town are currently 8th in League Two with 16 points from their first 10 games. Crawley are unbeaten in the last 4 games with Stoke hoping to end that run on Tuesday night.

Crawley Town face Stoke having knocked out Premier League Norwich City in the previous round, so Stoke City should not take this game lightly at all. Crawley are not expected to have the ball to often having posted just 25% possession v Norwich, though they did create 10 shots with that possession.

Players to Watch

Ollie Palmer is a 27 year old Striker who has scored 4 league goals so far this season.

Beryly Lubala is a 21 year old DR Congo striker who has scored 6 goals from his 10 league games.

Stoke City Women play at the bet365 Stadium today

Stoke City Women host Hull City Women at the bet365 Stadium today at 2pm KO.

This will the first time since 2016 that the bet365 Stadium has hosted the women’s side, the players are really looking forward to putting on a show for the fans

“Women’s football is really growing at the moment and I think we’re putting on a really good show for fans so I’m sure if we get a good number of people to the bet365 Stadium it will make it a really enjoyable day.”

Faye McCoy

Entry is free to all Stoke city season card holders or £4 adults/£1 concessions & children.

Stoke women sit 5th in the league with 9 points so far this season, Hull on the other hand are holding the rest of the table up with. Total of zero points from their 4 fixtures so far.

If you can make it to the game I’m sure the woman would appreciate the support.

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