We might be going to Crewe: Stoke City fans on 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough



Stoke City fans have been having their say after watching their team suffer a 2-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough this afternoon.

City dropped two places to 20th, now just a point clear of the relegation zone, after goals from Ashley Fletcher, on 29 minutes, and James Tavernier, on 62, gave Neil Warnock’s side victory in his first game since taking charge.

But it was frustration for Michael O’Neill and his Stoke players who had hoped to build on last week’s 1-1 draw at Reading in their first game since the Championship restarted.

Frustrating too for supporters who have been giving their verdict on our dedicated Stoke City Facebook page.

Njs Sargeant said: “That was as bad as anything under Jones, yes they were mainly Jones’ signings but the sheer lack of desire, passion, fight was not there let alone any skills. Do we ever practice set plays, either defending or attacking?”

Dave Taylor noted that other results had gone against Stoke with Charlton and Luton winning and Hull picking up a draw.

“Didn’t take our chances up front and were poor in midfield and defence. I can’t think of one player that I thought “Well at least they had a good game”. Time to pull our socks up and pick up points from the remaining games, if we don’t the inevitable will happen as other teams at the bottom will have picked up a lot of confidence from today’s result.”

Matt Robinson added: “A poor display today. We had the chances to score but didn’t look sharp enough to take them. Worryingly we looked poor in defence and didn’t help ourselves at times. Powell was stupid to get himself sent off and will be a miss on Tuesday.

“This is a reality check for some who thought we were safe. Hopefully it’s a kick up the backside for the players and it makes them realise that we have seven massive games to play.”

Linda Banner agrees that League One is a possibility unless performances improve on this.

She said: “I haven’t been to Crewe Alexandra stadium, I now might get a chance the way things are going.”

Ian Sumnall said this was a bad day at the office for a good manager.

He said: “I think Michael O’Neill is the right man for the job but that was a muddled selection followed by a gutless and petulant performance.

“Pathetic from Powell at the end.

“The players have come back from the lay off looking like we are just playing through meaningless end of season fixtures instead of absolutely vital six pointers!

“Plenty of work ahead for the management!”

Alan Davies pointed to the Warnock effect. He said: “I guess the outcome we feared once the managerial change was announced; but we were architects of our own demise, poor, tentative finishing (we squandered enough chances to at least get back into the game) and calamitous defending.

“Powell’s self-inflicted sending off the icing on a very unpleasant cake. Nothing for it but to put it behind them and go again on Tuesday. It’s still in our hands to stay up, but we need a reaction from the players in the next game….”

Pablo George added: “Only positive is, as bad as we played, we could still have scored five. Got to grind results out and take our chances!!! That’s what did for us in the PL!!!”

Dave Harley also pointed out that Stoke have a manager with an excellent track record. After all, Stoke were bottom of the table and heading for League One before O’Neill was appointed in November.

He said: “If one more person says ‘bring back Pulis’, I will hit the roof. The problems with the squad and not the manager.”





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