Stoke City’s disappointing and frustrating 2018/19 continued in the Championship on Wednesday evening as Gary Rowett’s search for a first win continued as we were well beaten by newly promoted Wigan Athletic.
Some fans and pundits seem to think this would be a walk in the park when it came to Championship wins this year and whilst the positivity was nice after the disappointments of last season, we’ve certainly crashed back down to earth over the last four games.
It was a poor day all round and Ashley Williams’ sending off for two yellow cards was an unfortunate icing on the cake and according to whoscored only six players were worth a rating of 6 or above in their statistics system.
I say above, the nearest to a 7 was Ryan Shawcross who pulled in 6.67 for his defensive efforts on the day and he even had two attempts at goal.
Whilst stands out on that front, of the six players, three of those were substitutes Peter Crouch, Peter Etebo and Bojan and that tells a story of its own.
If there was a real positive it was probably the performance of 19-year-old Thomas Edwards as he was rated third best at 6.29 but too many senior and experienced players continue letting us down and clearly the hangover from last season hasn’t been eradicated from the group yet.