Date: 28th September 2018 at 10:35am
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On Wednesday evening Stoke City’s 2018/19 season got a little bit worse as we were booted out of the EFL Cup at the third round stage by Nottingham Forest.

Taking a trip to the City Ground for the game in midweek, Forest took a 3-2 victory and although we almost managed to stage a late comeback on the day, goals from Benik Afobe and Saido Berahino just weren’t enough in another poor showing – especially on a defensive front.

More issues in defence, but we scored with our only two efforts on target – so again it’s more questions than answers under manager Gary Rowett.

Reacted to the defeat on social media, fans were mixed but some were determined to find the positives from the showing.

Berahino finding the net once again to leave his barren spell firmly in the rearview is an obvious go-to on the positive front and it was also a way for him to answer the criticism he’s taken given media reports this last week about scoring of another kind, but eagle-eyed fans will have noticed Rowett opening himself up to accusations of deflecting and blaming Berahino for us not taking more from the game given the one miss in particular.

The cynic would say Moritz Bauer was given this game off on that front.

I actually like Rowett, but this is becoming predictable and it appears his favourites are blameless irrespective of the fact they are the ones letting everyone down.

 

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