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Interview With A Stoke Fan


1) So how is the general feeling at Stoke, good season so far?

We're rolling along very nicely and happily ignoring anything anyone else says about our style of football!

2) I would imagine everyone is happy with Tony Pulis as boss? What did you make of the James Beattie fall out and were you surprised no one bought him in January?

There has always been an element that hasn't liked his style of play but, not surprisingly, they're keeping very quiet at the moment as you can't fault his results which is what everyone will ultimately judge him on. The shower incident has certainly ended Beatt's career at Stoke as far as the manager is concerned. He was lined up to go to Fulham in Jan, but he wanted more cash than he was on at Stoke!

3) What is the maximum you could expect from Stoke, Premiership safety, top ten or are the ambitions up for Europe?

We're just happy that we've almost stopped looking over our shoulder at the relegation zone. A win against Villa and we're as good as safe - if we're not already. I wouldn't want us to get into Europe this season - just to beat last season's 45 points will be success enough for now.

4) Who in your team should Villa fear the most?

Hard to say as many are either injured or suspended. Fuller, Tuncay and Delap are the obvious ones but Fuller and Delap may not be fit.

5) Who do you fear most in the Villa side?

We don't fear anyone when we're at the Brit. Bring 'em on!

6) If you could choose one of our players for the Potteries, who would it be and why?

We can always find a small corner for a decent striker like Agbonlahor

7) What is your opinion on Aston Villa and Martin O'Neill? Is this going to be yet another season when the Villa failed to live up to their potential?

You've been threatening to break into the top four since O'Neill joined but never quite got there and this season looks like a repeat performance. Still, you've got some games in hand, you were unlucky not to get more out of the CC Final and you're still in the FA Cup, so the season's not over yet.

8) What is up with your away form with just 1 win?

I think you'll find it's 2 away wins and that's more than 6 other teams. We've more away draws (7) than anyone else in the league and we've only had 5 defeats on our travels. All in all, a far better away performance than last season.

9) Go on then, lets have your prediction, last time at Villa Park it was 1-0 to Villa, you predicting a reverse this time?

Absolutely! But I'll give you a goal: 2-1 to the mighty Potters.

With thanks to Chris at www.stoke.vitalfootball.co.uk


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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 12 2010

Time: 4:47PM

Your Comments

one of my least favourite interviews..
benji_starsky_avfc
one of my least favourite interviews..
benji_starsky_avfc
So Delap's damaged one of his wrists then
ant1ant1
So Delap's damaged one of his wrists then
ant1ant1
tuggin' it.
benji_starsky_avfc
tuggin' it.
benji_starsky_avfc
Normally these interviews are good but this guy seems quite full of himself. 'We can always find a small corner for a decent striker like Agbonlahor' too bad when he has scored twice as much as any of your strikers. Each of our players would somehow fit into stokes team somewhere on their pitch. Not saying there a bad team i just feel that he didnt answer fairly, will be a very tough game im going with a 1-1 draw or a 2-1 to us which is the most realistic result.
p.villa
I think we can sometimes take thing too literally, a little irony in his comments surely?
Trekker
I think we can sometimes take thing too literally, a little irony in his comments surely?
Trekker
I almost feel asleep reading his answers, much like I do when I watch his team play.
los_angeles_villan
I almost feel asleep reading his answers, much like I do when I watch his team play.
los_angeles_villan
speaking of potters, this guys personality seems as interesting as watching clay dry.......a bit like the way his team plays..........right on la villan....
leftfoot
speaking of potters, this guys personality seems as interesting as watching clay dry.......a bit like the way his team plays..........right on la villan....
leftfoot
Hang on hold your horses he's not trying to pick an argument here hes just answering the questions with his opinions its not like hes completely insulted our team, i mean if i was a stoke fan thats probably about what i would say, i mean they have got a fantastic home record, sure maybe he went about who he would have on our team wrong by saying he can find a small corner for a decent striker like agbonlahor, but was that really an insult
Avillian136
Hang on hold your horses he's not trying to pick an argument here hes just answering the questions with his opinions its not like hes completely insulted our team, i mean if i was a stoke fan thats probably about what i would say, i mean they have got a fantastic home record, sure maybe he went about who he would have on our team wrong by saying he can find a small corner for a decent striker like agbonlahor, but was that really an insult
Avillian136
and u call spurs fans fickle.... lol look at u bullying a stoke fan cos ur a "big club"
black-messi
and u call spurs fans fickle.... lol look at u bullying a stoke fan cos ur a "big club"
black-messi
The Stokie is in a jocular mood that's all, we shouldn't be so touchy. I personally think that they are a better footballing side than many seem prepared or interested in giving them credit for, and lets face it, on the three occasions that we've met them since their return to the top flight, they've given us plenty of problems to think about and compete against, and I for one dont think that tomorrow will be any different. They've got players who can and will trouble us if we're not on top of our game, so we're in for another hectic ninety minutes plus of action. They have passionate support that creates a tremendous atmosphere inside their stadium, so hopefully we'll be at our vocal best tomorrow to nullify somewhat the volume of noise. I'm looking forward to the game. Bring it on.
glensider
The Stokie is in a jocular mood that's all, we shouldn't be so touchy. I personally think that they are a better footballing side than many seem prepared or interested in giving them credit for, and lets face it, on the three occasions that we've met them since their return to the top flight, they've given us plenty of problems to think about and compete against, and I for one dont think that tomorrow will be any different. They've got players who can and will trouble us if we're not on top of our game, so we're in for another hectic ninety minutes plus of action. They have passionate support that creates a tremendous atmosphere inside their stadium, so hopefully we'll be at our vocal best tomorrow to nullify somewhat the volume of noise. I'm looking forward to the game. Bring it on.
glensider
Godzvilla on tour. Loud and proud everyone!! :o) My first trip to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow, looking forward to it!
godzvilla
Godzvilla on tour. Loud and proud everyone!! :o) My first trip to the Britannia Stadium tomorrow, looking forward to it!
godzvilla
I didn't even think he was insulting us anything - I just thought his answers were plain ole boring. Seemed like he was answering close ended test answers. Black-messi, you've always been the most annoying of that lot, thanks for being predictable.
los_angeles_villan
I didn't even think he was insulting us anything - I just thought his answers were plain ole boring. Seemed like he was answering close ended test answers. Black-messi, you've always been the most annoying of that lot, thanks for being predictable.
los_angeles_villan
how are we possibly bullying a stoke fan? i only said what was true because he seemed to show us little respect so i only said that each of our players would fit into a stoke team, i gave them respect by saying its going to be tough tommorow and the scoreline can be anything.
p.villa
how are we possibly bullying a stoke fan? i only said what was true because he seemed to show us little respect so i only said that each of our players would fit into a stoke team, i gave them respect by saying its going to be tough tommorow and the scoreline can be anything.
p.villa
Lol tbh if i was a Stoke fan i would of said the same thing apart from ''this season looks like a repeat performance''
Blitz
Lol tbh if i was a Stoke fan i would of said the same thing apart from ''this season looks like a repeat performance''
Blitz
Fancy a spurs fan looking at our site to try and start an argument, ive been on ur site many times and uve done much worse than this to other fans for some things so much smaller so ive got two words for you, **** off
Avillian136
gee lighten up everyone.....no "bullying" going on with me, and i am sure LA Villan is the same.....the guys answers were a little dull... that's it, they WERE NOT offensive or insulting at all.....who said that?
leftfoot
gee lighten up everyone.....no "bullying" going on with me, and i am sure LA Villan is the same.....the guys answers were a little dull... that's it, they WERE NOT offensive or insulting at all.....who said that?
leftfoot
Is that a photo of Vital Stoke's editor at the top of the page?
J Dogg
Black Messi is, as ever, pathetic and attempting to Troll
Trekker
 

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