On Saturday, Stoke City slipped to their fifth defeat of the 2018/19 Championship campaign as we suffered defeat at the hands of manager Gary Rowett’s former club Birmingham City.
It wasn’t a great day at the Bet365 Stadium and Che Adams hit the deciding goal late on in the second half of the game to take the points from us, but the performance was pretty woeful and there were few, if any, positives that fans could take from the game.
????️ Gary Rowett spoke of his frustration after the Potters were denied a stoppage time penalty during today's narrow defeat to @BCFC
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 20, 2018
Some fans did find some as I pointed out earlier this morning, but the tail off as the game drew on is probably of significant concern even if flashes still existed at the beginning of the game.
With Rowett being sent from the dugout in the game as he protested penalty shouts and official decisions – however politely he claims – the after game interviews did not go over well with these fans at least.
I’m frustrated too with his constant excuses he is not the man too take us forward
— Tom Lea (@flea79) October 20, 2018
Blame the Ref @GaryRowett_ we were awful again. Any chance you can the lads to SHOOT? Thanks. All Stoke fans x
— Dave buckingham (@davebuck1985) October 20, 2018
Doesn’t matter how narrow the defeat is, this is a game we shouldn’t have lost. We are not ruthless and we still don’t seem to want to shoot on sight.
— Andrew Brookes (@DopeyJoe1704) October 20, 2018
More excuses to paper over the fact that we did nothing with 70% possession. Dreadful.
— Mr. Red (@MrOrange1863) October 20, 2018
Same old rubbish. If we have to rely on a last min penalty to get a bloody draw in this league we deserve what we got FA.
— Keith (@stringo14) October 20, 2018
Can’t expect to gets points through bloody penalties ffs ???????? this bloke ain’t good enough fullstop ????♂️
— Andrew Miles (@andymiles747) October 20, 2018
— Ashley Cunningham (@racunny1983) October 20, 2018
Early season hopes and expectations feel such a long time ago.