Southampton 1-0 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , on October 26, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not a great display from us in the first half, although we made a better showing in the second half. Although we lost Southampton are a very decent side, currently second in the league and we didn’t get tonked like Sunderland did the previous weekend. We play them next at home in the Capitol One Cup!

We need to start scoring more, taking those chances and it looks like a hard season ahead, especially as we keep losing key players to injury. The League Cup should see Bojan and Steve Sidwell get a run out.

Butland and Wilko off on loan

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined Championship club Derby County on loan and defender Andy Wilkinson has joined Millwall on loan. Both are ninety day loans with a recall option in the first month. Good kuck to both and maybe Wilko will join Millwall permanently in January if his loan spell goes well? I am pretty certain his robust syle of play will endear him to the Millwall fans. This mean Sorenson will be in goal for the Capital One Cup game against Southampton at home next week.

Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Nzonzi, Adam, Diouf, Ireland, Moses; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen, Muniesa, Walters, Cameron, Sidwell, Assaidi, Bojan

A good win for us after a fairly lethargic first half performance which saw Shawcross give away a penalty for shirt tugging. To be fair he has been heading for a booking all season for this! Mind you other players in other teams do this week in, week out too. Charlie Adam got the equaliser from the penalty spot after Victor Moses was fouled in the box (Swansea manager Gary Monk accused Moses of diving after the match). Super Jon Walters bagged the winner and a deserved three points for us. Good to see Geoff Cameron in midfield in the second half and he had a great game.

Few injury concerns ahead of next week’s game away at Southampton including Moses, Arnie and Bardsley – hopefully Whelan will be back.

Republic of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar

Posted in Football, Gibraltar with tags , , , on October 14, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Oh dear, Gibraltar have yet to get off the score sheet in their debut European Championship qualifying campaign. Ireland were rampant with Robbie Keane bagging a hat trick. Next up Georgia, possibly a chance to score?

Elsewhere Iceland beat the Netherlands 2-0 to remain top of their group. Wales beat Cyprus 2-1 and Scotland beat Georgia 1-0, yeah!

Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Poor defensively again and Charlie Adam got our goal which did even the game out for awhile at 1-1. Really need to get back to a Pulis like defence and stop these lapses of concentration which cost us there and at QPR away. Could see Huth back in place of Wilson if Huth is fit enough.

Worrying the amount of injuries we pick up under Mark Hughes though with Victor Moses off injured and really hope he is back, along with Diouf before our next game. Also in the physio room currently are Geoff Cameron and a long term injury to Peter Odemwingie.

Swansea next at home after the international break and that is a fixture we must get at the very least a draw from.

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on September 30, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa; Whelan, N’Zonzi, Diouf (Arnautovic), Adam (Ireland), Moses (Assaidi); Crouch

Subs: Pieters, Huth, Bojan Krkic, Sørensen

Good to get our first home win and points of the season as Crouch headed home thanks to a Moses cross fifteen minutes into the first half. The pace of Moses, Diouf (who went off injured early on) and Arnautovic caused Newcastle lots of problems, plus they linked up well with Crouch, something he praised in his post-match interview. Muniesa was impressive again at left back and Moses has proved to be a real asset so far this season.

Not so great for Alan Pardew who was barracked by the away supporters, some of whom held up Sackpardew.com posters, a sign of the modern age using the internet to get rid of your manager!

Next up Sunderland away which will be a harder game than the recent Capitol One Cup win up there last week. Diouf has been called into the Senegal squad for this game in mid-October against Tunisia. Hopefully his injury won’t see him out of action for too long.

Ealing half marathon completed!

Posted in Centrepoint, Ealing half marathon, Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support, News, Running with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Finished in 2hrs 28mins on my chip time (took around five minutes to reach the start line), which was only a minute slower than my time last year. Tougher this year as I had been staving off a cold all week (I know excuses, excuses) and had not had a decent run in over a week. Still managed to keep running until nine miles before my legs started wobbling and I ended up walking quite a lot of the way after, bar running the last mile. By then I had been refueled by kind folk offering Jelly Babies and Faeroe Roche (well it is Ealing!).

I’d highly recommend the Ealing half as it is well supported and organised, although beware of the hills are gradual and not that high but do slow the more trundling runner like me.

I think I will limit my runs to 10K or ten milers though as those extra miles are just a little to far and I don’t train as much as I should do.

To date raised over £325 for Macmillan Cancer and Centrepoint

BIG thank you to everyone who has donated, sent messages of support, ‘liked’ a post on Facebook or retweeted my fundraising tweet (that includes the author Christopher Fowler, bands including Euphoria Audio, the Dunwells, the Young Folk, Picture House, Vega and more).

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