Stoke City just can’t seem to pull away from that dreaded Championship relegation zone.
Sam Vokes, recalled to the starting XI at Luton Town today, seemed sure to have secured a vital three points that would have lifted the team up to 18th.
Luton’s chances were restricted even if Stoke were sitting deeper in the second half.
But then James Chester was adjudged to have tripped Callum McManaman as he ran away from goal in a crowded area. Penalty, James Collins sent Jack Butland the wrong way, 1-1.
Stoke are now fourth from bottom, two points clear of the drop zone having played a game more than Middlesbrough, who take on Nottingham Forest on Monday.
Supporters have been having their say.
Jeremy Leese: What happened to the Stoke of Huddersfield and Barnsley away? We have slowly retreated back into our shell ever since away from home. Shellackings at Derby and QPR have us now defending for 45 mins against the likes of bottom of the table Luton, with inevitable consequences.
Chris Hall: MON got subs wrong today, Tyrese for Vokes all day long, counter with pace and stretch them. Powell should have stayed on and great going forward and coming back and Butland is an absolute liability.
Dan Mazhar: Don’t blame MON, if we win that 1-0 you’re praising him. Haven’t rated Chester since he arrived.
Wayne Thomas: You get what you deserve when you score early and just sit back rest of the game against a team bottom of the league.
Butland, Bruno and Ince poor again. Same every week but they never get dropped.
This relegation fight is going go right down to last couple of games. Nail-biting.
Nicholas Johnson: Five points from the last three. Yes that late equaliser sucks but we’ve still got huge games to come.
Dave Huson: Stupid challenge from Chester but the real cause of the problem for me was Bruno. Never got out on the left hand side all game, tucked in and hid. Even when O’Neill chucked Collins on to help he still didn’t stop the player cutting in.
Thomas Frost: Could have been four clear. Instead we could be in the bottom three come Monday night.
Ant Bunn: Right, chins up, dust ourselves down, and get the ground bloody bouncing next week for our biggest game for some time. We’re Stoke. Nowt comes easy. If it did we wouldn’t be Stoke.
Ian Parkes: Don’t tackle – gives the ref a decision.
Rory Watt: Stone wall penalty.
Jamie Chatfield: I thought it was a clear penalty in a game where the referee had let a lot of niggly tackles, for both sides, go.
Adam Boulton: Never give the ref an option.
Neil Finney: We’ve had enough over excited drama with the last fella. No need for over-reaction positive or negative after each game. We know the problems, mistakes will be made. There’s a few teams above us panicking now. Focus on the next game.