Promotion from the Championship, Surviving relegation in the first couple of seasons, an F.A Cup Final, a short run in Europe, becoming a mid-table team which all premier league teams hate to be up against because they know it will take a lot of hard work to get a win
Exactly. Stoke have done wonders since joining the Prem. They've never looked like going down and they've found a style of play that works for them. To call them a rugby team is disrespectful. It's been said before but you don't get extra points for playing pretty. Their long ball style is over-rated, and unlike some teams they don't lie down against the big boys and give them a game, especially at the Britannia, as proved by results this season.
Stoke get way too much shit, especially from fans of the top clubs who are used to quality football. Regardless of what money they spend, they buy players to suit them, and that's what Stoke have done. Get over it! They're there to get points, not please snobbish football fans who can't accept football they deem acceptable.
Arsenal/Everton, Chelsea/Fulham, Liverpool/Spurs...so Sky are showing Wigan/Man City?
City/Wigan should be a good game. It's a pity I'm going to Ewood, for my sins after Saturday.
these lower half English clubs play some of the worst football....sad thing too is the spend so much money on players, they would be better off using academy players like the rest of Europe
Villa's team tonight is mainly youth players from English leagues, Reading too.