UK time is: 04:51:03
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Preston 2 - Stoke City 0


26th Feb 2008

Attendance: 10,345

Stoke miss chances

Stoke had their five game winning run cut short at Deepdale, courtesy of two first half goals from Preston striker, Richard Chaplow and had to suffer the heartache of seeing defender, Leon Cort stretchered off in the second half.

Pulis was able to slot Danny Pugh back into the side to face his former club at the expense of Carl Dickinson who had to make do with a place on the bench, which was devoid of any cover for Steve Simonsen with Marton Fulop's rapid recall to Sunderland.

Ric Fuller, Ryan Shawcross, Leon Cort and Liam Lawrence all had chances to pull the Potters back into the game, but this was just not Stoke's night after 2,000 Potters fans had made the trip up the M6 to boost the attendance of only 8,000 home fans.

There was more bad news with Glenn Whelan picking up his tenth yellow card of the season and he will now be suspended for the Burnley and Norwich matches.

Leon Cort's 68th minute injury is hopefully not too serious after initial fears that he had broken his ankle. The player will still undergo a scan tomorrow but the manager played down the injury after the match. Pulis told the official site: 'He got a terrible kick in the first half and had to have a few stitches at half time.
'Then he got another bad challenge on the ankle, we were initially worried he may have broken his ankle but luckily it doesn't seem so bad now.
'He will have a scan tomorrow and hopefully it will bear some good news for us.'

Pulis said after the game that the team aren't being clinical enough in front of goal and are still conceding 'sloppy goals'.

Whilst this was a great chance to push ahead at the top of the table, it's by no means the end of the world. But, I have to admit, a defeat is a bit of a shock for fans who have just witnessed five straight wins in a run now of nineteen games in the league with just two defeats.

Preston North End: Lonergan, Davidson, Mawene, Chilvers, Chaplow (Carter 61), Sedgwick, McKenna, Jones, Whaley, Hawley (Mellor 90), Brown
Subs not used: Chris Neal, St. Ledger, Ormerod

Stoke City: Simonsen, Griffin, Cort (Wilkinson 69), Whelan (Gallagher 80), Shawcross, Lawrence, Pugh, Delap, Sidibe (Parkin 69), Cresswell, Fuller
Subs not used: Diao, Dickinson

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 26 2008

Time: 11:27PM

Your Comments

What happened Fellas ?... You can't start losing to teams like Preston if you are to get one of those two automatic spots.. Let's hope this is just a blip and that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible...
Cheating ref and dirty Preston pikeys!
As with Chix, another Pompey fan, hoping you come up. With quite a few ex-pompey players & manager, even if you have a dubious home kit.
Do you not like the red and white striped Matt:-)... Cheers for the comment though. All the best on your push for Europe mate...

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. lloyd_17 6

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Stoke
Stoke 3 - 2 Arsenal
Man Utd 2 - 1 Stoke
Liverpool 1 - 0 Stoke
Stoke 1 - 2 Burnley
Spurs 1 - 2 Stoke

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Liverpool 17 6 4 7 -3 22
11. Everton 17 5 6 6 0 21
12. Aston Villa 17 5 5 7 -10 20
13. Stoke 16 5 4 7 -3 19
14. Sunderland 17 3 10 4 -9 19
15. WBA 17 4 5 8 -6 17
16. Q.P.R. 17 5 2 10 -12 17

Breaking League News

Totally Deserved, says Gus Poyet
Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:34:00
Pardew Will Have To Live With 4 In A Row Tab.
Sunderland : 22/12/2014 01:12:00
4 In A Row @NUFC
Newcastle : 22/12/2014 00:52:00
Sunderland Beat Newcastle Yet Again
Sunderland : 21/12/2014 22:31:00
Anfield Points Lost, Saved, Won And Dropped
Arsenal : 21/12/2014 21:25:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM vs Crystal Palace
Suggested By:  
Begovic 19%
Bardsley 0%
Shawcross 33%
Wilson 0%
Pieters 0%
Cameron 16%
N'Zonzi 16%
Walters 16%
Bojan 0%
Diouf 0%
Crouch 0%
Arnautovic 0%