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2016 - 2017

Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Pulis,Pulis...What's The Score?" Stoke City 3 Plymouth Argyle 2 !

....was the chant from some in the 12,533 crowd at The Britannia Stadium as the Potter's went 2-1 down to the industrious visitors from Devon.

Whether those fans intention was to lift the team is difficult to gauge,but whatever it has to be said the home players responded extremely well to the challenge that faced them.

Ricardo Fuller as ever was central to Stoke's goal threat.Just has he did last season he continues to manufacture chances for others to squander -so often open goals if someone was either sharp enough or following up to score them.Today his hustle, bustle,and trickery produced some measure of chaos in the Plymouth goal mouth.He diverted Matteo's ball into the Plymouth penalty area for Lawrence to cross,causing Seip to head into his own net for the first Stoke goal.In the second half from a Sidibe head on from Delap's long throw in he deflected the ball to incoming Liam Lawrence who hit the ball into the net from six yards for Stoke's equaliser on 66 minutes.Fuller capped off a very positive personal performance lobbing Wright's lofted pass over the Plymouth keeper, as he came out, to score the winner in the 73rd minute.

As he did in the Barnsley game for the last 20 minutes or so,Sidibe proved to be a thorn in the side for the visitors.To the already happy knack of winning the ball,and unsettling defenders,he has added an evident ability to beat a player with quick tight turns and rapid acceleration away,most times retaining the ball.

As has been the case recently there has been much heated argument about Stoke's performance and whether the team is good enough.Today they were a goal up on 9 minutes,Stoke pressure resulting in Seip putting into his own net.Despite their busy play Plymouth did not really look like scoring.

They did ,however,start the second half brightly pushing Stoke back.It was no surprise when their equaliser came in the 52nd minute with Seip heading in at the far post from an inswinging corner.Plymouth's second goal on 59 minutes resulted from a mix up between central defender Zakuani and goalkeeper Simmonsen with the loose ball being put into the net by Fallon.

This win lifts Stoke deservedly into 5th place in the Championship,on 12 points,after 7 games.

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