With Stoke City going down 1-0 to Birmingham City at the weekend at the Bet365 Stadium, plenty of fans have been airing their frustrations in the days since.
Che Adams’ 81st-minute effort was enough to decide the points on the day and although manager Gary Rowett denies saying anything worthy of getting himself sent from the dugout, the matchday referee did just that as tempers and frustrations grew in the game as Rowett claimed “two handballs and two penalties” as he spoke to the press at the fulltime whistle and that was what he was apparently explaining to the man with the whistle.
In any event, it’s another defeat and fans are rightly irked as we utterly dominated possession and had the greater chances on the day, but with 19 efforts overall we managed a paltry three on target. Birmingham, by comparison, had 13 and got six on target.
That said, this wasn’t like the Wigan or Blackburn games. We dominated the bulk of it and the first half an hour’s cohesive, slick football showed there is a decent side bursting to get out somewhere.
— Rob Doolan (@ChiefDelilah) October 20, 2018
Yet another appalling home defeat and once again little urgency in our play until we fell behind. The season is fast becoming a write-off.
— The Oatcake Fanzine (@oatcakescfc) October 20, 2018
Exactly – one step forward two steps back.
— Jeremy Leese (@caribbeanpotter) October 20, 2018
— Ant (@StokieAnt32) October 20, 2018
Roger East there, proving why he doesn’t officiate in the Premier League anymore.
— Jamo (@ricohjam) October 20, 2018
Stoke fans booing the Bojan substitute is baffling
— Dan Middleton (@DanMiddo) October 20, 2018
I'd love to hear Rowett's logic behind bringing Bojan off for Charlie. One of the worst subs I've seen a very long time.
— Jay Wakefield (@__JayWakefield) October 20, 2018
Edwards has to start next game, Martina is awful.
— Danny Bowers (@dannybowers10) October 20, 2018
I was sat up close yesterday (row 9) and watched him closely. He plays with zero intensity, doesn’t defend or attack well. He slows the game down when he gets the ball, stopping any forward momentum. I don’t see what he does to get selected each week ????????♂️ #SCFC
— Phil Barker (@philbarker2410) October 21, 2018
@mattsandoz1 That game sums up why Stoke won’t be going up anytime soon. There is nowhere near enough intensity in the attack. Afobe is isolated and why is Bojan playing behind Allen?!
— Jack Holmes (@PotterJack10) October 20, 2018