The latest news, action and reaction from the bet365 Stadium as Stoke City takes on Derby County in the championship.
Stoke City returns to bet365 Stadium today to face Wayne Rooney’s Derby County and his Stoke is back home after a midweek draw in Cardiff, while Derby, who starts eight points above the bottom three in the afternoon, arrives after a comeback against Brentford.
Michael O’Neill is missing several key players. Steven Fletcher (head) has to rest due to a concussion protocol while James McClean (foot), Sam Clucas (hernia) and Morgan Fox (thigh) are out until after the international break. Tyrese Campbell (knee) and Nathan Collins (foot) are out for the season, Alfie Doughty (thigh) hopes to be fit to play a role by then.
Derby will have to do without Lee Gregory, Stoke’s striker on loan while Colin Kazim-Richards has a hip injury.
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Powell and Norrington-Davies are working it on the bottom left, but because Powell is on the left, it’s just Joe Allen in the middle and the cross goes over him.
Stoke had a good build-up game, but they can’t make it into the final third – or they’ll give it to Derby if they do.
John Obi Mikel is unlucky when his beautiful pass to Nick Powell sends him back alone – but Powell was only marginally offside.
Buchanan is not only lucky enough to get Derby a free kick, it’s bizarre too. He and Smith go for a 50-50, he stomps on Smith’s foot. Gillett gives Derby the foul.
Jacob Brown back left back back, but it’s a tight corner and he’s alone. Stored near post from Roos.
Tommy Smith in the book for a foul on Lee Buchanan, who let out another scream and rolled on the floor until the card was shown.
The referee continued playing , while Derby attacked, but exploded as soon as Stoke got the ball. Stoke should have got past Buchanan, who is clearly fine.
Norrington-Davies grabs Byrne from the ball as he jumps for position, and Byrne squeals. It’s a bit embarrassing really, but he got the referee to stop the game what he wanted.
Joe Allen shows some quality marks and is really in the middle of it.
Joe Allen does it very well, To make room and see Jacob Brown’s diagonal run behind the derby defense – but Brown just went a step too far when the pass was released. Offside.
A pretty good start from Stoke, building up the pressure and spending most of the time in Derby’s half – without much snooping in the pits.
Louie Siley slips and catches Nick Powell high up on the leg. The game continues until Graeme Shinnie John Obi fouled Mikel.
Stoke plays a number of one-touch passes, including one that was beaten to Smith before Powell got behind it. Unlucky with a jump that hits his arm.
A decent move from Stoke as Allen pulls right and receives a clever pass from Powell before knocking back to make Smith cross. Smith’s cross is in the mixer, but not really close enough to a teammate.
A rather poor free kick from Jordan Thompson’s left hits the first man and Derby breaks thanks to poor control by Rhys Norrington-Davies. Defenders are quick to cover.
For a moment, Norrington-Davies had a Huddersfield situation in their sights, but he was quick enough not to have to dive in.
The two managers had a long and friendly chat on the sidelines while the two Warm up player.
Lawrence: « There is a war chest, a lot of money from the Coates family, but can we access it with Financial Fair Play?
» The labor costs are huge at the moment. We have players on loan who are coming back. It’s not easy.
« The fans have to realize that O’Neill’s job isn’t just 90 minutes on the field, it’s seven days a week, 14 hours a day. They’re trying to fix this club, the players and talk to recruiting about the players he wants. » im.
« It takes time, especially with the mess we’ve been in for the past three years. We’ve been in a real mess. It takes time.
» How patient some supporters will be ? How much patience does Michael O’Neill have when he can’t get what he needs? «
Lawrence: » We all wanted a striker in January after Tyrese was injured. It was a massive, massive blow. I said it then. In fact, I said it before, how it would affect us. We can’t rely on one. « Young player, we have to have other options.
» We have to have other people who can fill in the gaps and score goals. In a pandemic in January, we see clubs sacking top strikers? I just don’t think it was doable, I don’t think it was possible to go out and get someone unless you spend £ 15m on someone.
« When I hear fans say we got it supposed to do in January, who was there? I don’t want a quick fix, I want a long-term solution. We’re looking for longevity. We want someone we can be here for. » four, five, six years that can help us get out of this league. «
Lawrence: » We know how fans of any football club can be, and our fans love our football club. We always want things to go well. «
» There are some, yes, who expect too much. Last year I remember someone on the radio saying we wanted to get the first two or three and I laughed on the phone.
« All I wanted this year was to meet Mr. O’Neill stabilize and rebuild and give him more time in the transfer market. We need players and good players. «
» By the time we see three or four high-profile players helping this group and bringing Tyrese back, I think we’ll meet right now. «
Liam Lawrence, who works for Radio Stoke, says, » He’s not the first manager to face the challenges of managing Stoke City. I have been praised for the work that he has done so far has stabilized us and kept us informed and given us a chance to fight. » We’ve had that for a while this year, but it’s midfield for injuries and other challenges. «
Martin Spinks produced a statistic showing that Stoke’s return against the top teams was a form of relegation, while the teams listed below were a form of promotion.
Lawrence: » Honest answer, me think he needs a better squad. He needs more transfer windows. The players have yet to leave and he needs better ones; better players who can take Stoke to the next level. «
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