Stoke City haven’t had an awful lot to shout about so far this season unless you count striker Saido Berahino actually scoring a couple of times as something major. I guess it is, but after a number of disappointments in the Championship campaign of 2018/19, last weekend’s tie with Norwich City finally saw Lady Luck fall our way.
Our Carrow Road hosts utterly dominated the game including more than double the chances we managed to fashion, but a far more organised defensive showing than we’re used to actually saw us test their keeper only once fewer than their dominance managed. They scored the decisive own goal into their own net though as credited.
With mixed performances from a number of players so far this year, at least based on WhoScored’s method of running the numbers, 30-year-old defender Erik Pieters is at least proving his consistency so far this year.
With a score of 7.58 from the game, Pieters once again took their star man tag as he narrowly pipped Peter Etebo into second place, the 22-year-old midfielder ranked 7.53.
Was that moment of Lady Luck where it turns for manager Gary Rowett?