Getting to the 'Huth' of the matter | Set pieces!

Getting to the 'Huth' of the matter | Set pieces!

Last season Stoke scored 46 goals in 38 games, only Birmingham, Wigan, West Ham and Sunderland scored fewer goals in the English Premier League while Tony Pulis’s side also managed to complete nine matches without the opposition scoring. These statistics on their own tell us very little, apart from maybe re-affirming the belief that Stoke under Tony Pulis are difficult to break down and are arguably a team that covet defence more than attack. However when delving deeper into the …
Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

Stoke City vs Chelsea - What can be learned?

The beginning of April this year, at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke v’s Chelsea. 97 minutes came and went, and what did we get. Chelsea dominating, Stoke staying strong, and one goal apiece. Should Chelsea have won? Were Stoke lucky, or just very good? Of course, the answers to these questions are in stats… Stoke City Line Up – Begovic; Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Pennent, Delap, Whelan, Etherington; Walters (Yellow) (Goal), Jones. Chelsea Line Up – Cech; Bosingwa (Yellow), Terry, David …
The Stoke City Rumour Mill

The Stoke City Rumour Mill

After a quick start to transfer window, with Liverpool and Manchester United making the big moves, things have settled down into a predictable pattern in England – Tevez wanting away, rumours of Drogba going every which way, and Adebayor annoying yet somebody else – or simply not being good enough. Stoke City have had a relatively quiet summer thus far, with their only signing being Jonathon Woodgate on a pay as you play deal from Tottenham, while releasing 3 players …
Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Jones Vs Walters (Vs Huth?!)

Stoke City only scored 46 goals last season. Champions Manchester United scored 78. 12th placed Newcastle United scored 56. Blackpool, who were relegated in 19th, scored 55. If the EPL stats show anything, it’s that goals are important than clean sheets. Kenwyne Jones ran away with the accolade of top Stoke goalscorer on 9 goals, while Jon Walters and Robert Huth – yes, the former Chelsea and Middlesbrough centre back Robert Huth, both finished on 6 goals. Compared to these, …
Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

Stoke City Season Review 2010/2011

So after Stokes third season in the English Premier League, a comfortable 13th place finish, an FA Cup final appearance and qualification for the Europa League, it could be said that they had a pretty successful season. Indeed, if my team played in any major league apart from the SPL, I would be quite happy with that performance as well. But that’s not long enough for a statistical blog, so let’s delve into the finer points of their season. First …
Stoke City | A transfer market preview

Stoke City | A transfer market preview

After a great season including an FA cup final appearance and another solid finish in the Premiership. Tony Pulis will yet again be pushing on, whilst trying his luck in the summer transfer market. Stoke have already brought in Jonathan Woodgate. A top quality player but one that has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, he played the round number of zero minutes last season, but a player if kept fit has no doubt better quality than other back-up …
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