Stoke City one minute away from club record as pundit casts Blackburn prediction



Stoke City head to Blackburn Rovers this afternoon having not conceded an away goal since early November.

It will be an outright club record – beating the 540 minutes they went in 1969/70 – if they can make it through the first 60 seconds without conceding at Ewood Park.

Michael O’Neill has held a squad meeting this week about areas that need to improve if Stoke are to break into the top six, including making sure more of those shut outs are the foundation for wins.

He said: “We’ve looked at the season in detail with the players this week and in 11 away games we’ve kept nine clean sheets, which is phenomenal. But we’ve not won enough of those games if I’m honest. That’s something we have to address.

“I think we should have a better return in terms of the number of wins and subsequently the number of points we would have from that situation.

“But there are lots of positives. At least we have something we’ve been doing right. There are still areas we need to improve and we know that.

“The key, as I’ve always said particularly when we go away from home, is to be difficult to beat. From there you want to go and win and that’s what we need to see in the second half of the season.

“We need to increase the number of wins, away from home and at home.”

You can read the full interview – including the three-way fight to be Stoke keeper – here.

Inside line from Wales into Stoke City new boys

Wales coach Rob Page believes Stoke City have done good business in bringing in two of his brightest hopes.

Page has seen Stoke’s squad swell to seven of his internationals thanks to the January arrivals of Rabbi Matondo and Rhys Norrington-Davies.

He knows both new signings well after overseeing their progress in youth and senior football and is excited about their potential.

You can read the full story here.

David Prutton’s prediction

The Sky Sports Championship expert has made his call… and gone for a 2-0 win for Stoke at Blackburn.

Joe Bursik shouldn’t be worried by keeper competition

This week’s column from Mike Pejic.

“It’s great to see how he’s developing, how he is self-assured, very confident and dominates his back line. The distance between himself and the defence in terms of where the ball is on the field of play looks spot on.

“He obviously has a voice and his teammates can hear him. He’s keeping players away from his space.

“His footwork and positional play is good, his handling and decision making too. He’s got a good all-round game, I’ve been really impressed.”

You can read the full column here.





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