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Stoke seek win over a former friend


Stoke a mix of past and present

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Stoke fans await Shaqiri debut

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Pulis haunts Stoke but Potters have pride despite Afellay and Adam reds

Ibrahim Afellay was sent off and Charlie Adam followed as nine-man Stoke lost to former boss Tony Pulis' West Brom.

Stoke's 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Saturday was meant to be a match to celebrate; to give former manager Tony Pulis a standing ovation and to welcome Xherdan Shaqiri for his home debut.

What transpired was an afternoon littered with petulance and over-officious refereeing that stopped a contest from ever taking place.

Fans remain blindly loyal to their own but for many, the actions of sent off duo Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam should be roundly condemned. Former Barcelona star Afellay, 29,...

Tony Pulis turns from friend to foe as Stoke plot win over West Brom

Mark Hughes praised Jack Butland's performance following Stoke's 1-1 draw at Norwich.

West Bromwich will arrive at the Britannia on Saturday with ex-manager Tony Pulis at the helm, and unfortunately, games against him tend to bring out the worst in some Stoke fans.

They reassume the stance on him they had in the final months of his tenure when they were split down the middle on his future. The arguments should be over now, with both Stoke and Pulis going on to enjoy the type of success they were never able to achieve together.

Even Pulis' most fervent supporters at Stoke would admit...

Shaqiri impresses but Hughes' Stoke have defensive concerns

Mark Hughes praised goalkeeper Jack Butland following Stoke's draw at Norwich.

The game against Norwich was one that many had earmarked for Stoke's first victory of the campaign but the Potters left Carrow Road with just one point following a 1-1 draw with hosts Norwich.

It was a result that flattered Stoke, who struggled to create chances in the final third despite enjoying the majority of possession. A criticism of last season's side was their inability to string two good halves of football together and that was one that was evident once more on Saturday.

The first period...

Stoke successfully mixing previous tactics with present skill

Glenn Whelan is one of several Stoke City veterans who have been part of the team's transformation from brawny and big to slick and savvy.
Glenn Whelan is one of several Stoke City veterans who have been part of the team's transformation from brawny and big to slick and savvy.

It's a second successive away trip for Mark Hughes and his Stoke side who, fresh from rescuing a point at White Hart Lane, travel to Norwich to face Alex Neil's Premier League new boys.

Of course the Canaries only lost their seat at the top table for one season, but unlike many who have suffered the same fate, they managed to keep hold of most of their stars to give themselves the best chance possible of an extended stay on this occasion. They will come up against a Stoke side riding high after...

Stoke show fight and character to salvage draw at Spurs

Mame Biram Diouf was on target as Stoke came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Tottenham on Saturday.

Having gone 2-0 down just before half time, Stoke looked completely out of it against Tottenham but salvaged a 2-2 draw through some clever substitutions by manager Mark Hughes.

Much of the run-up to the game was filled with the disappointment of having Xherdan Shaqiri's debut denied by the Football Association, who deemed that a ban picked up in the Coppa Italia for Inter Milan should be served in the first match of his maiden Premier League campaign.

His direct running style will win the Potters...

Stoke hope to unleash Xherdan Shaqiri on Tottenham this Saturday

The ESPN FC crew discuss Xherdan Shaqiri's move from Inter Milan to Stoke.

With all the excitement that comes with signing a superstar footballer like Xherdan Shaqiri, the last 24 hours have been a comedown similar to Boxing Day once all the presents have been unwrapped.

Stoke fans' moods soon picked up, though, with the realisation their new man is in pole position to make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday. While the club shops were running out of the letter Q due to the unprecedented demand for Shaqiri's No.22 shirt, fans continue to pinch themselves at the fact...