PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 19th November 2016
ATT: 27,815 | REF: Roger East | HALF-TIME: 1-0
THE OFFICIAL VIEW – EDDIE HOWE
5 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM #AFCB v #SCFC
01. ROGER EAST ISN’T ONE OF THE BEST
Eddie Howe reckons that Roger East is one of the best refs out there. After yesterday he might have to rethink that statement. I think we all know where this is going. That penalty decision, or lack of penalty, alone was a shocking decision. A penalty and a certain red card would have seen a very different game. Looking forward to someone telling me that wasn’t a foul.
02. JACK WILSHIRE IS QUITE GOOD
Loanee Jack Wilshire once again managed to complete 90 minutes without getting injured. Slowly but surely he is getting back to his halycon days at Arsenal. When watching a game he is often overlooked or missed because he is not doing the spectacular. But, his vision and range of passing is sublime, all he needs is a goal (coming soon) to complete his comeback. We will miss him next week at Arsenal.
03. MARK HUGHES IS STILL A WHINER (NOT A WHINGER)
Mark Hughes is a man who likes to have a moan, he doesn’t sink to whinging (some may disagree) but he does like to whine. After the match he commented on our time-wasting “It was cynical and blatant. We all do it every now and again but never to the extent Bournemouth did today”.
He did have the decency to say that “sometimes you need to give the opposition credit”, but like all good managers he managed to keep his blinkers on. Apparently Stoke didn’t get the result they deserved, much like Ryan Shawcross didn’t get the red card he deserved and the penalty we deserved. Shit happens.
04. MARC PUGH IS BACK
We miss Marc Pugh. We reckon he is better than Jordon Ibe and now he is fit he is going to demonstrate how good he really is. He might only have one-trick but it’s one trick that still bamboozles the opposition. And best of all he doesn’t lose the ball when he tries his trick, he ends up playing a ball with purpose.
05. CHEATS DON’T PROSPER
There’s nothing better (that’s sarcasm) than giving away a soft penalty. And there is no doubt Stoke’s penalty was bought pretty cheaply by Bojan. There was contact (accidental) so we can see why it was given but it was how he fell over that really, really bothers me. Wonder if the Stoke fans and Mark Hughes think that was cynical?
THE AFTERMATH: STOKE LOUD & PROUD
“Bournemouth’s intensity shocked Stoke and we were unable to get into any form of rhythm during the first half. We got away with arguably the most blatant penalty of the season before Stoke’s defence stood like statues to allow Aké to score. It was no more than Bournemouth deserved, and arguably less than they deserved.
Your excellent first-half was somewhat muddied by the constant play-acting, but referee East- who was dreadful for both sides throughout- bought it so I can’t blame you for continually eating away the minutes. Stoke had enough chances to win, but our play didn’t deserve the points. Fair play to Bournemouth- the best side won. See you in May.”
James Knowles – www.stokeloudandproud.com
5 AFCB v STOKE REPORTS WE DIDN’T WRITE
We saw the game, you probably saw the game. Everyone knows we won. Stoke fans know we won, but not fairly apparently. We couldn’t be bothered to write a report. There’s already plenty of out there. Here’s five that we read.
Stoke 0 – Bournemouth 1: Nathan Ake goal gives visitors first away win of the season
Match in a Minute – Stoke 0-1 Bournemouth with Alan McInally
Stoke 0 Bournemouth 1: Nathan Ake heads home winner to end hosts six-match unbeaten run
Stoke City 0, Bournemouth 1: Star man after frustrating loss was…