Stoke City got themselves back on the right track on Saturday by beating Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds arrived at the bet365 Stadium having not lost any of their last seven games, but the Potters sent them home empty-handed thanks to an own goal from Callum Paterson and a close range finish from Joe Allen.
Stoke went into the game having lost 4-2 to QPR, and although he did change the system, Michael O’Neill stuck by the same team for the visit of Cardiff.
That drew criticism from many supporters in the lead up to kick-off, but O”Neill’s decision proved correct and fans have been acknowledging that on the back of the victory.
Here’s what fans had to say on the Oatcake Fanzine forum…
ArmchairPotter – “The result is everything in our position. If he picks 11 defenders and we win he’s vindicated. He’s only open to criticism when we don’t get the result.”
Foxysgloves – “Not many managers can pick up a side that’s been battered and beaten out of sight. And turn them around to get critical victories in the next game. And he’s done it twice.”
Benjaminbiscuit – “Interesting that he said players on the outside have to do enough to say they are better, looks like edwards and Lindsay and Diouf just aren’t doing enough and he was certainly vindicated today.”
Theonlooker – “The clean sheet and the result certainly vindicate the team selection, and you can only play what is in front of you, but that back four never really looked solid to me and it was only down to how woeful Cardiff were, and their woeful front two, that saw us get away with it.”
SCFCBiancorossi – “Really struggle to watch this current group and I can’t wait to see the back of them. However, O’Neil deserves immense credit for getting results out of them. 9 wins is an unbelievable effort. Excited for next season.”
Gunslinger – “I would guess that he was very disappointed with them after the last two games and told them (more or less politely) to get their act together. It looks to me that they have risen to the challenge.”
Bagwash – “Fair play to the manager, when I heard the team for yesterday I couldn’t understand why he hadn’t changed anything after last weeks capitulation. Personally I would dropped at least 4.
“In MON we trust.”