Michael O’Neill’s press conference for the Charlton game.
We are going to have to make sure that the defeat to Derby is just a blip in our recent form, as up until that we were up their with the best in the league form wise. Since I came in we have only lost one game at home which is a positive. We were disappointed to lose that one game against Blackburn Rovers. The fact we have three of our next four games at home is one we want to take advantage of.
I went watch Charlton v Preston recently and Charlton started well and looked a threat, they are battling at the wrong end of the league like ourselves. Both sides should be eager for the points.
Tyrese Campbell is back for and in contention for a place in the team. Only absentees are Shawcross and Ward, Bruno Martins-Indi is available to play.
I think with Ryan Shawcross’ situation it was important to bring in an experienced player in James Chester. Having spoke to him he was eager to come and that impressed me. He’s settled in extremely well. I think everyone in defence will benefit from him being here.
Tashan Oakley-Boothe has settled in well. He had the option to stay long-term at Spurs but he wanted to come here.
The important thing for me was to bring the right types of player into the Club which I think we’ve done. We have competition for places in the squad. I think Jordan is close to playing, Tashan maybe a little longer, James could start straight away.
Attendance of U23 game.
Mame Diouf is very easy to deal with. He was keen to play on Monday night for the U23s. I’ve been pleased with his attitude and he’s very much part of the squad.
Stoke take on Charlton in a position we thought we had moved away from. Results over the past week have dragged Stoke back within 2points of the relegation places, so a win against a team just above us is vital.
History v Charlton
Stoke wins 26 Charlton wins 25 Draws 12
Last ten games versus Charlton
Stoke wins 5 Charlton wins 4 Draw 1
As you can see it’s pretty much even between the two sides. Charlton have won the last two games, the last at the start of this season when Stoke under Nathan Jones went to London and dominated the game but lost 3-1. This was during the period where every shot against us that was on target went in, while we created loads but couldn’t score.
Charlton currently sit just 2 points and 2 places above the Potters so a win for either side would be a big boost to their hopes of avoiding Relegation.
Who to look out for
Charlton have a couple of players that are likely to cause Stoke some trouble, Lyle Taylor upfront is good at holding the ball up & bringing other into the attack. Taylor is also Charlton’s top scorer with 8 goals so far. In Midfield Charlton have West Ham loanee Josh Cullen who has been a consistent force in midfield.
Can Stoke get the result they deserved lad time we played Charlton and run out with 3 much needed points
At what point does Imbula have to take at look at himself about his career.
There is no doubting his talent with the ball, though his capabilities of doing this are his doing and nobody else’s.
Imbula is currently on loan to Italian club Lecce, a club once again he’s not shown his ability but shown his lack of enthusiasm to be part of a team. In fact Lecce sporting director Mauro Meluso has virtually ended any chance of Imbula making any more appearances for the Italian club, saying “He’s currently not part of the squad that the manager can select from.
So come June Imbula will once again be back at Stoke. Seems another loan must be in the offering come the summer transfer window opening as the club can’t afford to sell for the price clubs would be willing to pay for a player who’s shown an inability to work as a team player.
Does Bruno Martins-Indi regain the left back spot if his head is in the right place
Josh Tymon deputised for the so called sick Martins-Indi versus Derby. Josh despite leaving the pitch part way thought the second half with a cramping hamstring did ok in the part. Don’t forget that was Tymon’s first competitive gave in a while.
Coming into a back 4 that hadn’t conceded in three games was always going to be difficult, though Tymon’s stats for the game were not of those that hadn’t put boot on for a month.
Josh attempted 31 passes with an accuracy of 93%. He also put in 4 dangerous crosses that deserved better from the Stoke attackers.
Tymon attempted 3 tackles completing all 3, that was more than the rest of the back 4 put together. Josh also intercepted the ball once & clearing the ball out of danger once.
Who scored rating
Josh Tymon got a match rating of 6.43 in a side that underperformed is not to shabby, infact Bruno Martins-Indi season average rating is 6.5.
Stoke currently sit in 21st place in the league, just two points above the drop zone. Three of the next for fixture have are at Home so it gives us a great opportunity to create some room between us and the bottom three.
Firstly comes Charlton this Saturday, a team only 2 points ahead of Stoke so beating them must be seen as a must. Charlton’s away form has been poor with just two wins and 8 loses.
Four days later Stoke host Preston North End, the Wednesday night fixture is another chance to lift ourselves up the league. Preston haven’t traveled well this season and most of their points have come from fixtures at Deepdale. If fact Stoke have won more away games than Preston so far this season.
Stoke then travel to the capital to face QPR, this will be a tough game especially with Stoke’s poor record playing in London.
The third home game in the four fixtures sees Cardiff visit the bet365 Stadium. Cardiff are another side that don’t travel well, they have only taken 3 points twice away from home
How many points can you see Stoke taking from the 4 games?
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