Micheal O’Neill takes control of his first Stoke City game and makes 6 changes to the side that lost to WBA
O’Neill finds the world record holder at Hide & seek in a cupboard at Clayton Wood & puts him straight into the squad, the delight can be visible seen in Diouf’s face prior to kick off
O’Neill decided straight away that James McClean is not a left back & put him rightly on the wing with Ince on the right side.
The game started well for Stoke, the travelling Stoke support was large and very vocal from the off.
Just 8 mins on the clock when Sam Clucas channelled his inner Charlie Adam after the Barnsley keeper passes to him, he sails a shot over his head from the half way line. Barnsley 0-1 Stoke
30 mins in Stoke get the chance to score from the penalty spot. Lee Gregory steps up and sends the keeper the wrong way
Barnsley 0-2 Stoke.
Half time whistle blows with no more goals
Second half starts and Barnsley come out sharper after Barnsley make a half time Substitution & within 3 mins of the restart they half the deficit.
Barnsley 1-2 Stoke
Barnsley could & probably should of got a penalty but it wasn’t given & the follow up shot goes wide. Barnsley continue to boss the first 15 mins of the second half.
Against the run of play Stoke do what they have failed to do in the previous 88 matches & score 3 goals in a game.
Joe Allen gets the goal that should now swing the second half back in Stoke’s favour.
I’m lost for words now, within 5 mins of Stoke making it 3 goals, Sam Clucas makes it 4 goals with a great strike that leave the keeper helpless.
73 mins gone & Man of the Match so far Sam Clucas Picks up a knock & is replaced by Badou Ndayie. Stoke now well in control of the second half.
Stoke score 4 goals in a League game for the 1st time since December 2015, it’s been 156 League games since that epic game at Goodison Park.
82 mins, Barnsley get what is a consolation goal to make it Barnsley 2-4 Stoke
Tom Ince in his natural position out on the wing, did a lot of running & deserves his wages today. The hide & seek king enters the field to replace him.
Full time whistle goes & Stoke win the bottom of the table encounter 4-2.
Lots of plaudits should be made about the attacking side of the game, but Barnsley were gifted 2 goals from poor defensive play. Something Micheal O’Neill will have to sort that out quickly.
What are your thoughts about the game.
Millwall 2-0 Stoke
Stoke started the game with 4 centre backs but Nathan Jones still decided to play the diamond system without a wingback on the pitch giving us no width what so ever.
Tom Ince deputised for Etebo with Joe Allen dropping back into midfield with Ince playing as the number 10.
If anyone witnessed Ince on the pitch please send photo evidence to the page.
Stoke managed to only have one shot in a first half dominated by Millwall & that shot was from 25 yards from Ndayie that went wide.
The second half didn’t improve much bar Stoke having more of the possession but didn’t nothing with it.
Ndiaye compounded Stoke’s woes as Liam Lindsay gets skinned to easily allowing Millwall player to get an easy run into the box, Badou tried to make a tackle but takes the man and gives away the penalty.
Millwall score the resulting penalty meaning Millwall were 2-0 up with Stoke not even giving the Millwall keeper anything to do.
87 mins into the game Stoke actually makes the Millwall keeper get his gloves dirty, which at least means he can give them to a fan as match worn now.
Where do we go now?
Second to bottom in the league with a performance that warranted nothing. Nathan Jones must be worried once again.
Scott Hogan’s scored a 90th-minute winner to give Stoke their first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Swansea.
It didn’t start well for Stoke as under pressure Nathan Jones witnessed his side fall behind in the opening minute to Andre Ayew’s strike.
Stoke produced a spirited fightback which will give hope to Nathan Jones. Stoke were back level before half time after Sam Clucas knocked in after Joe Allen had a shot parried into his stride.
It looked like Stoke were going to miss the chance to end their 10-game winless run until Hogan found the back of the net in the final minute of normal time.
Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell replaced James McClean and Tom Ince in what was a decision a lot of Stoke fans had been calling for most of the season.
Jones has tried most things now in his bid to kickstart Stoke’s season and save his job and this gamble finally paid off, Stoke for 89 mins managed to not shoot themselves in the foot & looked threatening throughout the game.
Not many people had Stoke has victors prior to kick off & now put the question back to the Coates family as what do they do next.
Has Nathan Jones granted himself more time or do the Coates family sack a manager who’s just won a game against top of the league?
What a dilemma and awkward situation
Stoke for the meantime have lifted themselves off the bottom of the Championship with a 0-0 draw v Brentford
Stoke could of taken all three points if Peter Etebo had scored late on, Etebo had taken advantage of some poor defending by Brentford and was confronted with a one on one situation with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, only for Raya to knock the abll away from Etebo’s foot as he tried to round him.
Neither side looked good enough to win the game with very few chances on goal, Christian Norgaard came closest to scoring in the first half but his header went over some how.
Stoke for the main looked content to just sit back and try and counter Brentford which in a defensive aspect Stoke looked comfortable.
Stoke were forced into a first half sub as Lima Lindsay had to be replaced by Danny Batth due to a head injury.
The draw meant Stoke have now not won any of their last 24 games in London and have not won any of their opening 8 games of the season, This is the worst start since 1989.
What are your thoughts on the game, and in the start of season so far?