Stoke City: Fans' panel
1 What's your team?
PR: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Kightly, Adam, Jones. 4-4-1-1 with Charlie Adam behind Kenwyne Jones.
I'd leave Crouch on the bench today as he is starting to annoy me.
When he doesn't get the ball or thinks he has been fouled he throws his arms up in the air and gives up.
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CW: Begovic, Upson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Etherington, Nzonzi, Adam, Kightley, Owen, Crouch.
AM: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Kightly, Adam, Nzonzi, Etherington, Jones, Owen.
GE: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Kightly Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington, Crouch, Jones.
2 What's your prediction?
PR: It's a game we need to win for two reasons.
Firstly we need the points and secondly I'm entertaining my QPR-supporting boss in the Waddington Suite.
The last time I did something similar against QPR, the Potters won their only game under Chris Kamara 2-1.
The same scoreline with a goal set up by a big German defender would do nicely!
For those readers who don't remember the game it was Jorg Sobiech.
AM: Stoke 3, QPR 0.
3 Any other business?
PR: In the week that the Potters started work on the extension to the academy facilities, I'd like to highlight the importance of the development squad.
Lucas Dawson and Michael Clarkson have been with the club since under-12 level. The under-21 squad was created from those two, a handful of players who had been in the under-18s for a year or two, and a few new signings from other academies.
The squad looked promising, but were thrashed by Villa, Newcastle (twice), Spurs and Sunderland.
In none of those games did we field any over-age players. On Monday the under-21s drew away to Manchester United.
We dominated large parts of the game, and deserved to have won. The team featured Palacios, Edu, Shotton and Ness.
Their experience helped and encouraged the youngsters who are still learning the game.
In a season with no European or cup distractions until January, it is important to give our full squad some meaningful games.
What better way to do it than helping develop our young players.
CW: Worried! That's the word that springs to mind. The team TP keeps playing looks good on paper, but for me it has gone stale.
Also the fact that QPR arrive in town with no wins all season and a manager under pressure.
Stoke always seem to be the perfect opposition to keep a manager in his job (for at least a few weeks anyway).
I have been called a 'Doom Merchant' in the past, but unless the players and crowd are up for this 100 per cent then we could slip up big style.
All I heard after last week's poor showing was 'we need a striker', 'we don't know where the next goal is coming from'. Well TP we've got Jerome, and one of the best in the world, Owen, sitting on the bench.
Can we finally have a shake up and a 4-4-2 Mr Pulis, before the bottom-three trap door looms?
AM: Expectations are higher now we are an established Premier team, but the 2012 results and form haven't been acceptable.
There is no point performing well against big clubs, but not banking points against the other clubs. Come on Tony – sort it out. Come on you mighty Potters!
GE: After one of Stoke's best transfer windows in recent times, fans' expectations were raised before a ball had been kicked.
Fast forward to today, we now find ourselves in a position where one half of the supporters are comparing Pulis to Waddington, while the other half are bemused at some of the recent line-ups, substitutions and tactics.
We've strengthened the midfield, but somehow lost our rock-solid defence, we've signed one of England's finest strikers and the Boothen End ball boy has spent more time on the field of play this season and again we have come up short.
We are at a crucial stage of the season, games coming in thick and fast.
Pulis seems to have too many decisions at the moment with the quality we have, whereas before we had a small squad that selected itself.
I still think that Pulis does not know his best team, but we are letting vital points slip away while the experiment continues.