Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread - Van Persieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
@ Fake Mozzaa
I think you're missing my point. I'm not saying that Stoke players are moaning about being assaulted, I'm just saying that Stoke fans and Tony Pulis shouldn't moan about being unfairly treated in terms of refereeing consistency because your club has created this perception that you're thugs over the last few years, therefore anything that your lot does is going to be scrutinised because refs are going to look out for it because you've built a reputation for it. Meanwhile, the opposition will get away with murder because refs will think, "will it's Stoke, they're up for this all of the time".
It just makes me laugh when Pulis comes out and plays the victim when he has built your club's success off the back of overt physicality. I agree that your players don't seem to make the most of it. Looking at how Shawcross reacted on Saturday I'm thinking "fair play, he's being reasonable about it", but it doesn't stop me thinking that he has brought this on himself. That's my point. I'm not saying that Stoke players should rightfully be maimed, but the club as a whole shouldn't be playing the victim.
There's certainly a place for physicality within football but I believe that Stoke often take it too far, much like Wimbledon in the 80's/90's. Don't get me wrong, I liked the 'Crazy Gang' for their undeniable spirit and emergence as a top flight club from minimal resources, but they were dirty fuckers as well.