Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Do friendly results matter?

Do friendly results matter?

Having not been lucky enough to travel to Austria last week, yesterday was my second chance to see the Potters perform in a pre-season friendly.

Witnessing a defeat of our beloved team is never a happy feeling, but having seen a Stoke eleven conjure up a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle Town two weeks ago and then to follow that up with another 2-1 defeat against the more serious opposition of Preston North End yesterday you do start to get slightly down. That's without bringing in to the equation another defeat (and draw) in Austria and the 2-0 defeat at Nantwich Town.

Yes, I know it's only a friendly - 'a chance for players to get fit and for the manager to try new players and tactics', but there's always a feel good factor for fans and players alike that a 'good' pre-season may roll into a good start to the season proper.

Still, the match did have reminders of Stoke matches from last season. 2-0 down at the interval and (no doubt) a quiet rollicking from Tone produced a far better display in the second half, but it took the legendary long throw of Rory Delap to conjure up Stoke's goal when it was glanced in from a crowded six yard box with Richard Cresswell claiming the final touch with just ten minutes to go.

The game really should have been in Stoke's grasp from early on after Dave Kitson had been brought down in the Lilywhites' penalty area, but the PNE keeper made a fine save from Liam Lawrence's resulting penalty kick.

So, were there any positives?

Well, yes. New signing, Dean Whitehead played the majority of the match and looked like he would fit in well. Dave Kitson looked sharp as the Stoke fans were, once again, willing him to score a goal. Matty Etherington tore down the wing on many occasions and linked up well with Kitson and could have had a goal or two of his own.

Any more downsides?

James Beattie wasn't as lethal in front of goal as normal and we definitely missed the flair of Ricardo Fuller as he is still off enjoying his extended holiday.

Fuller's absence probably explained the rare appearance of Andy Griffin in the starting eleven with rumours still persisting that Griffin and Fuller have unfinished business after last season's bust-up at West Ham.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Sunday July 26 2009
Time: 5:30PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Match Day Officials v Arsenal (10/12/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Arsenal this weekend.

Cameron Up For Soccer Player Of The Year

Midfielder Geoff Cameron has been nominated for the United States 'Male Soccer Player of the Year' award.

Positive Butland Results

Jack Butland hasn't suffered a major setback, his injury scare ahead of the U23 game with Reading will only see the Stoke keeper sidelined for up to 10 days.

Roma And Inter Milan Rival Stoke For Berahino

Stoke tried to sign Berahino from West Brom last summer. Hughes landed Bony on loan from Manchester City but the Potters are still interested, facing a battle with Roma and Inter Milan.

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Barker
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Burnley MotM
Suggested By:
Grant6%
Muniesa35%
Martins Indi3%
Pieters3%
Johnson0%
Adam3%
Imbula0%
Arnautovic9%
Shaqiri0%
Walters35%
Diouf6%
Sub - Allen0%
Sub - Crouch0%
Sub - Whelan0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 14 11 1 2 34 21
2 Arsenal 14 9 4 1 31 19
3 Liverpool 14 9 3 2 30 17
4 Man City 14 9 3 2 30 15
5 Spurs 14 7 6 1 27 14
6 Man Utd 14 5 6 3 21 3
7 WBA 14 5 5 4 20 3
8 Everton 14 5 5 4 20 1
9 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
10 AFC Bournemouth 14 5 3 6 18 -3
11 Watford 14 5 3 6 18 -6
12 Southampton 14 4 5 5 17 -2
13 Middlesbrough 14 3 6 5 15 -2
14 Crystal Palace 14 4 2 8 14 -2
15 Burnley 14 4 2 8 14 -11
16 Leicester City 14 3 4 7 13 -7
17 West Ham 14 3 3 8 12 -14
18 Sunderland 14 3 2 9 11 -10
19 Hull City 14 3 2 9 11 -18
20 Swansea 14 2 3 9 9 -15
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : Southampton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 27 2016 5:15PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 3 2017 8:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football