Originally Posted by Oliver-94
Are you the poster that defended Stoke when I criticised them for their style of play? Basically you were saying that if it's effective for them, then we have no right to criticise their style of play and call them a rugby club.
What has changed now??
in terms of style of play (ie physical, long balls etc) then you can't criticise that. Its effective for them, and they've been good at staying up. There is a difference between being physical, and turning the game into a tryout for their local rugby team. Take today for instance, i don't mind if a team is aggressive, even make a few cynical challenges (that should get booked) but Huth stomped on Suarez's chest and got nothing for it, a few studs up challenges only marginally touching the ball to save them from a red, the general clattering of players while having the gall to whinge about it every time they get pulled up on it.
Their long ball style of play is fine, being aggressive is fine, going out to try and kick someone off the pitch is not fine.