Stoke City Half Term Report: Europa League, We're Having A Laugh

Stoke's faltering away form and defensive tactics are a problem, but when they're flying high in The Europa League alongside both Manchester clubs, can they afford to complain?
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Stoke's faltering away form and defensive tactics are a problem, but when they're flying high in The Europa League alongside both Manchester clubs, can they afford to complain?

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Stoke City's faltering away form and defensive tactics are a problem, but when they're flying high in The Europa League alongside both Manchester clubs, can they afford to complain?

What’s going right?

Top 10 in the Premier League; through to the knock-out round of the Europa League (by rights, unlike the two Manchester teams!).

What’s not?

Away form in Premier League is still too poor, and selection/tactics oft too negative; losing to Bolton the prime example

Got the right manager?

Absolutely - 99% of Stokies would agree, and the 1% that don't need serious psychiatric help!

"We've won it two times, we've won it two times, the Autoglass Trophy, we've won it two times".

Star player?

Difficult one - Crouchy has been better than expected; Ryan Shotton a star in the making, but for me Super Jonny Walters.

Who would you like to sell in January?

Danny Collins (currently on loan at Ipswich) and Andrew Davies (currently on loan at Bradford) - neither good enough.

Who do you want to sign?

Leighton Baines - we need an attacking right-back. Wilko (Andy Wilkinson) is a local lad, and an excellent defender, but Baines would link up brilliantly with Pennant or Shotton.

Best chant so far?

"We've won it two times, we've won it two times, the Autoglass Trophy, we've won it two times".

Best opposition player/team you’ve seen?

Infuriatingly, Demba Ba, Newcastle United.

Biggest **** of the season so far?

Mark Lawrenson - 'Well all four teams left in European competition have a tough draw, both Manchester clubs, and both London clubs'

End of season prediction?

7th place in Premiership; quarter final, FA Cup; to be brutally objective, knocked out by Valencia in next round of Europa Cup.

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