Stoke waste a chance to make it three wins on the trot
The game was there for the taking, Cardiff was a poor a side as we’ve played this season but ran out 1-0 winners due to another poor defensive play from this time Bruno Martins-Indi.
Stoke played with a lack of urgency throughout the game, not only that they had no imagination in the final third. Lee Gregory was anonymous while on the pitch, though this was not helped by him being isolated in what looked like a 4-5-1 system, or 4-4-1-1 at best. Aden Flint had the beating of Gregory for any balls that did go into the box.
Stoke’s only real threat of scoring in the first half was a Tom Ince free kick that went narrowly over.
Second half started better for Stoke, they actually made the Cardiff keeper use his gloves for the first time, unfortunately it was a tame shot from Tom Ince.
Sam Vokes came on ive been told, never saw him but I had it confirmed from various social media accounts. His inclusion was totally not what was needed, Stoke had no pace and needed James McClean more than a lot of Stoke fans would want to admit. We at least needed Diouf on the pitch to give the static Cardiff defence something to think about.
Stoke must improve if we are to get out of the relegation places, starting with Blackburn at the weekend.
Hopefully this loss will not be in vain, O’Neill should have plenty of ammo to throw at the squad as ways of improvement going forward.
Fanatik have reported on the latest developments with regards to Trabzonspor’s pursuit of Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye
It’s reported Stoke are looking to get €1m from a loan deal for the 29 year old and Ndiaye wants a €1.5m salary for the six months.
However, Trabzonspor are looking to reduce both Stoke’s loan fee and Ndiaye’s wage demands, and both parties will hold further meetings in the near future. There have been recent reports the Trabzon club could be priced out of a deal for the player.
Would you even contemplate loaning out Badou Ndaiye
Match Preview for the game versus Cardiff
Stoke go into the game on the back of two consecutive wins, a third is something we’ve not seen from the club in quiet some time.
Cardiff are under new management with Tuesdays game being Neil Harris’s first home game as manager.
Previous 3 games
Stoke 0-2 West Brom
Barnsley 2-4 Stoke
Stoke 2-1 Wigan
Cardiff 4-2 Birmingham
Cardiff 0-1 Bristol City
Charlton 2-2 Cardiff
Previous Fixtures between Stoke & Cardiff
There has been 45 previous meeting between the two sides with Stoke winning twenty of those game.
Stoke are unbeaten in the last 8 fixtures, winning 4 of them
The last League game versus Cardiff was back in 2014, when both sides were in the Premier League. The game ended 1-1 with Marko Arnautovic scoring from the spot.
Player to watch out for
Joe Ralls has been Cardiff’s player of the season so far. The midfielder has clocked up 5 goals so far, though he is their penalty taker. Cardiff have a few we’ll known players that Stoke fans should of heard of, non more than Omar Bogle who became the transfer that never happened according to some ITK accounts on Twitter. Junior Hoilett is another player linked in every window while Pulis was in charge.
Cardiff are 8 points ahead of the potters sitting on 22 points, Stoke with a win could quiet possible be out of the relegation zone.
Do you think Stoke can make it 3 on the bounce or will Cardiff finally get a win v the Potters?
Michael O’Neill spoke to knotfm after the game, here is a few snippets as to what was said
“It is a great start, we are far from the finished article. I said at half time I would learn more about them in the second half than the rest of the season.
The battling qualities were great from midfield and wide. The guys, Rory, Andy and Kevin have been great”
“We had 17 players not involved today. We can’t bring anymore in until some go out. It is always good to freshen up a squad.
James McClean will be a massive player for us. If you keep it simple he will do well.
I am delighted for Mame, he always comes in with a smile on his face . I can’t comment on why he was left out, but he can play right across the front so he is a great alternative for us.
I am only thinking about Cardiff on Tuesday now”
Michael O’Neill answers the questions in today Press conference
The last two or three weeks have been very intense but it has been great. When the opportunity came along it was very attractive to me but it was important too that I went back to Northern Ireland. It was a great start at Barnsley and I have been back in since Wednesday.
We’ve had 3 really good days of “We need to get momentum in the season and need to start that as soon as possible, I think we will climb the league.”
I left a stable situation with the Irish Football Association so it wasn’t a decision I made lightly but with the stability that this Club provides it’s a very attractive proposition.
The biggest thing for me is putting a real structure in place with the players we have. In time we will develop a squad of players who can then really fit that structure. The players are already understanding how we want to work.
I have good staff around me and everyone at the Club have been very supportive. We have a good group of players who have responded well to the things we have already done.
We have a couple of injury concerns – Peter Etebo and Sam Clucas. Shawcross will be monitored after his U23 game in midweek.
I like my teams to play on the front foot, We have to get to a position in the table where we are looking ahead and not over our shoulder.
The next Seven game will be crucial, it will allow me to assess a lot of things. Every game is important in this league as no game is straightforward. Anyone can beat anyone in the Championship.
Will Verlinden & Tymon have their loan moves recalled
It’s something we are looking into as we are short in numbers in wide areas.