Brek Ready for the Stoke City Diet?
Stoke City 0 West Ham United 1. It was business as usual at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday where Stoke City served up more of the same fodder to the frustration of the vast majority of home supporters.
The game was splintered in the early stages where neither Stoke or West Ham could string a move together.
West Ham United looked the better side and were unlucky not be one up midway through the first half with Collins hitting the bar after connecting from a cross from Demel.
O'Neill (West Ham) played some intricate football and was instrumental in many of the forward advances from those in claret and blue.
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Carroll often demonstrated West Ham's statement of intent which was to strike at the Stoke goal at every opportunity and he was unlucky not to score from a header that glanced well wide on 37.
The Hammers recorded their first away win of 2013 on 45 minutes when Collison slotted home from a Vaz Te through ball to the delight of the 2,000 travelling supporters in the South Stand.
There were boos at half-time; and the 'Cost kick a bow agen a woe' competition held at the 15 minute interval was deemed for some more exciting than the opening 45.
Stoke did have a secret weapon unleashed in the 67th minute. On the touch line ready; Brek Shea thundered on to the pitch to instil some warm hope into the disgruntled Stoke fans; they themselves feeling as though they are doing porridge being served up the same performances week in week out.
The best that the Potters could muster was that 50/50 challenges would go their way in the hope of a tenuous penalty claim.
In response to Stokes' empty and impotent exhibition yawns were exuding from many in the Seddon Stand. The expletives used to describe the game would no doubt be punctuated by the dreaded asterisks if published on this website.
Stoke did very little throughout the match and hardly threatened the goal until the 'podgy' looking Charlie Adam (who looked like he had been eating a few to many bowls of Scots Porridge Oats himself) struck a nice volley from 25 yards that hit the bar in the closing stages.
Some Stoke fans dispute that by somehow including Jerome, Palacios and Pennant at the outset in the squad and mixing it up, would somehow make a difference to the team performance.
If the truth be known; all but for three or four first team players, a complete clear out at the club needs to be initiated.
Attendance: 26,250 (most other news agencies including the BBC are reporting that the attendance was 22,690)