Leroy: Stoke clash shows how far we’ve slipped

LEROY (1)More with optimism than expectation I’m going to tip the Irons to run out 2-1 winners over Stoke tomorrow (Sat).

But the fact that we are meeting Stoke City who are level with us on points really does demonstrate just how far we have slipped this season. We shouldn’t be fighting to stay above them after being up there in the top four.

If we are brutally honest about it the slide has been terrible and this team needs to pick it up fast if we are to believe all the hype that surrounded it – and to which I perhaps contributed – earlier on.

Many reasons have been given an airing from managerial tactics to the form of certain players and I’m not going there this time as I’ve given my views in the past.

But for us to now be battling to stay above Stoke City tells us all we need to know about how this season has been allowed to slip away.

David Gold said in his own piece on here that the fans deserve no less than 100 per cent and he’s right but we also need to see people playing to their full capacity and skill level and that’s up to them rather than the manager!

Mark Hughes has done a great job up at Stoke. He has built on what Tony Pulis left him but has also produced a team that can entertain at times.

Not dissimilar to West Ham in the early part of the season but as I say we have allowed it to slip away so let’s get things back on the straight and narrow with a nice home win.

It’s odd but when the weather turns warmer at Upton Park we always seem to be a different side so I’m going for a 2-1 win but as I say more in hope than confidence.


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10 comments on “Leroy: Stoke clash shows how far we’ve slipped

  1. history dictates that Sam will either draw or lose to mark Hughes side, and with the current form we are in i highly doubt we will win on the weekend.

  2. I dont think were get anything from tomorrow’s game as bfs keeps throwing hes toys out of hes pram he knows more than hes letting on about new contract imo so he probably dont give a monkeys about next 7 games. next week Citeh away there be licking there wounds as there on a slide at mo but play better at home then were got the teams hovering the bottom of the league in big fat sam I DO NOT TRUST OUT HIM NOW & SAVE OUR SEASON PLZ

  3. I prefer not to make a prediction about tomorrow… The momentum is over, BFS is a dead man(ager) walking, this is the most important thing.

  4. most important get thsi hopeless excuse for a manager out of our club he his not a premiership manager

  5. I would settle for a good game of football,but the Big Fat man seems to think the result will give him another contract so it will be the same rubbish,
    Nolan on the pitch or the bench with a fie squad is laughable,O,Brien on the bench before Poyet,Oxford or Boothe is a joke,Demel on the bench before the 3 youngsters is stupid,
    We need to find out what Nene has got to offer ?
    Please play some good football for our clubs pride and history.

  6. Well bubs – there is not a lot left to say. I am in total agreement and can hear BFS comments. Valencia is not match fit! Youngsters not good enough! Etc etc. Nolan will play (metaphorically speaking). Downing will be pushed out wide to accommodate him where he is least effective. Cole will be on the bench and will come on ahead of Nene. Amalfitano might get 20 mins. Poyet will not be seen. As a season ticket holder, it pains me to say it but I hope we lose our remaining matches if it guarantees the end of BFS at OUR club.

  7. I think we must Respect The Point tomorrow.Actually lets have a Respect the Point finish to the season 😉

  8. The Bookies have got West Ham at 13/10 with Stoke and the Draw both at 12/5 – I dunno I can’t see West Ham winning and if they go more than 2 goals down it could turn ugly!

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