FA Cup Final Focus: Stoke City

14.05.11

Pulis has transformed Stoke this season, can he finish it in style?

I wrote a guest blog, back in early November, where I suggested that Stoke were coming a little bit unstuck because Tony Pulis was attempting to take them away from their tried, trusted and maligned formula of direct football. Looking back now, it’s easy to think I was talking nonsense – Stoke are preparing to compete in the FA Cup Final today, and they sit a very comfortable 8th in the Premier League.

But back when I wrote that, Stoke had made a pretty average start to the season and you could really see them struggling to retain the Premier League status they had fought to retain, almost literally, for two seasons before this campaign. Pulis spent some decent money in the summer, bringing in some talented players who somewhat broke the mould of what we’d come to expect from Stoke City previously.

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Guest Blog: Should Stoke Abandon Plan B for Route 1?

04.11.10

Hi all, the other day I wrote a guest blog for World Football Commentaries in reaction to Stoke’s 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park last weekend. Stoke seem to be coming a bit unstuck this season and these troubles have coincided with Tony Pulis’ attempts to add a bit of flair to the much-maligned direct football that has seen them achieve mid-table comfortably in their two Premier League campaigns to date. My question is, should Pulis abandon these attempts and return to the route one football if it means success?

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