Pressure back on Stoke City as kids catch eye again


As things stand in the Championship, six of the bottom seven have won their last match and things are nervy and nail-biting and the drama is seemingly never ending.

Huddersfield and Luton Town both pulled much-needed home wins out of the bag last night, beating play-off hunting Bristol City and promotion-chasing Brentford respectively.

Barnsley, Wigan Athletic and Stoke City are in action tonight, as well as Charlton, so you had better hold onto your hats. Amid EFL investigations, the bookies are offering relatively short odds on Derby, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday going down too.

Tuesday night results

Cardiff 0 Nottingham Forest 1

Huddersfield Town 2 Bristol City 1

Luton Town 2 Brentford 1

Queens Park Rangers 2 Derby County 1

West Brom 2 Preston North End 0

Wednesday night fixtures

Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City

Fulham v Swansea City

Hull City v Barnsley

Middlesbrough v Leeds United

Millwall v Birmingham City

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic

Reading v Wigan Athletic

Stoke, for what it’s worth, are hoping for a rare feat at Blackburn by winning four away league matches in a row at Ewood Park. They’ve only achieved something similar at three clubs in their long history.

Gabriel Kyeremateng bags hat-trick as Stoke u23s hammer Southampton

A 4-1 Gabriel Kyeremateng-inspired win over Southampton has booked Stoke a place in the last 16 of the under-23s PL Cup.

James Knowles was there to deliver a match report.

And ticket information has been released for the under-18s PL Cup final between Stoke and Manchester City – and season ticket holders can get in for free.

Gabriel Kyeremateng with his hat-trick ball after inspiring Stoke under-23s’ win over Southampton.

Michael O’Neill on his work-life balance

Michael O’Neill has revealed for the first time that he’s finding it a delicate balancing act between his home life and his professional life – and  Stoke City  must take priority at the moment.

O’Neill’s family remains in Scotland and the separation hasn’t been easy since  taking over at Stoke in early November , but he insists it’s a pressure he can live with and which will subside once the club is safe.

It’s an interesting interview with the boss.

Injury update from James McClean

He hopes to be back three weeks earlier than expected…

This week’s column from Martin Smith

The long-serving Oatcake fanzine editor has been reviewing the Giannelli Imbula chapter at Stoke City.

“He had all the ability in the world, and on a few memorable occasions we got to see it,” he writes.

“A couple of his performances for Stoke took the breath away. However, they were far too rare, and most of the time he ambled around the pitch with all the interest of a factory worker trying to kill the last hour of their shift before they can clock-off…”

Meanwhile, we have been looking at all nine of Stoke’s eight-figure signings, from Peter Crouch and Tom Ince to Imbula and Kevin Wimmer.





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