Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City
We held out to the 78th minute and due to our lack of defenders on the bench we has three strikers come on as subs! Michael Owen may face some FA action for appearing to his Arteta, otherwise we were defending and attacking on the odd break.
All is not well though for us as Pulis seemed downbeat in post-match interviews over the lack of transfer action. It does seems slightly reckless to let our defensive cover – Matthew Upson – leave on loan and not replace him. Also we are edging nearer the bottom, just seven points away now and it makes the Reading home game next week a massive one. Mind you on Reading’s current form expect us to take a 1-0 lead into the 80th minute and they come back to win 2-1.
Transfer deadline day saw us sign the very promising and highly rated goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season. His arrival would seem to indicate Begovic is off in the summer, most likely to Man Utd. We could also see Sorenson leave as he is after regular first team football. The other new boy is US international Brek Shea (cue tabloid Redy Brek puns) who plays on the left wing and could be our left back in a month or so once he is ‘Pulis fit’.
Leaving on loan for the rest of the season were Matthew Upson (Brighton) and Rory Delap (Barnsley). Looks to be Delap’s last time at Stoke as he is out of contract in the summer unless we offer him a coaching role. A latter day Stoke legend and hopefully we can keep him at the club in some capacity.