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February 25, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 02/25/2010

Spirit, Determination and Passion were in abundance as brilliant Stoke put in a performance worthy of the Cup Final itself as they brushed aside the Billionaires of Manchester City, clinching a deserved victory over a side we have played 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Mancini duly moaned about what might have been, saying that they deserved to win, I think those comments say more about the pressure he is feeling than any genuine reflection of the game that actually unfolded before him.

February 22, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 02/22/2010

Salif Diao was the unlikely hero as Stoke overturned a 1-0 deficit at Fratton Park to win 2-1 in additional time, despite having played with 10 men for the final 10 minutes after a cruel second booking ensured Wilko got first dibs on the baths.

February 15, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 02/15/2010

Stoke battled back for the draw for the second time in a week at Eastlands, with Man City becoming the latest team to have been ‘Delapped’ - Fuller again the grateful recipient.

Stoke will perhaps be more concerned with the injuries on the day, Etherington being the most concerning as the Player of the Season elect was carried off on a stretcher with suspected knee ligament damage in front of the on looking England manager Fabio Capello.

February 9, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 02/09/2010

On Stanley Matthews Day, Tony Pulis celebrated his 300th game in charge of Stoke with a comfortable and comprehensive 3-0 win over Blackburn, with the third and best goal being scored by a player he plucked from obscurity, revitalised and propelled to the verge of the England Team, a goal befitting the celebration of Sir Stanley’s life.

February 3, 2010
Posted by James Whittaker on 02/03/2010

My god, what an awful, awful game… Stoke and Sunderland both contributed to possibly the worst performance of the season and the fact it was live on ESPN for the World to see leaves me a little embaressed to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed of my team, I just know they can play so much better, we were 3-0 up at half time against Fulham, great performance, hell our last game saw us beat Arsenal 3-1!!

James Whittaker James Whittaker is a football writer and ardent Stoke fan. Having moved to Leeds as a youngster his father refused to take him to his local Championship winning side and instead insisted he chose the Third Division team of his forefathers, Stoke City. Since then there has been no looking back and having been brought up on a diet of Dave Rowson, Kyle Lightbourne and John Gayle, is now embracing the dizzy heights of the top flight for the first time in his life. Fiercely loyal, though always welcoming sensible chat and debate, you can find him on Twitter @ESPN_Stoke

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