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Candidate candidate Stoke City did not win this season yet. Preston North End was already on the first day of play against QPR. Will Stoke finally take the first three points, or will Preston continue to climb the rankings?
Preston North End:
Where on the first day of play narrowly won from Queens Park Rangers (1-0), Preston North End led a narrow loss in the second round. On a visit to Swansea City, 1-0 was lost to the relegious and especially the way that led to a sigh in the Preston fans. Certainly in the second half Preston was much better than Swansea. The fact that The Lilywhites had to travel back without points was not deserved in view of the game.
The fact that Swansea ended up with the three points in the end was simply an acid for Preston coach Alex Neil. Although the first half of The Lilywhites was not great, Neil’s team showed up in the second half to go for victory. Neil: ‘The first half was not good on our part. In peace, I also said that now we can throw the towel in the ring or give everything and still have to go full for the victory ‘. The displayed game was, so to speak, much better after rest. That makes it all the more annoying that no point was won in Wales.
Undisputed, Stoke City was named one of the title candidates this season. With a strong selection and a talented coach, The Potters had to be able to easily obtain direct promotion, was the thought. Two rounds of play further may have to be looked at again for that prognosis. Stoke City is 21st with only one point. Only one match was left in the match against Brentford.
Even in that match against Brentford, it was ultimately The Bees who got the biggest chances of winning. After the opening goal of Benik Afobe it was Ollie Watkins who equalized for Brentford and after that it was mainly Brentford with shots on target that could have led to the winning goal.
After the shocking defeat of a visit to Leeds United (1-3), this was already the second bite for Stoke City so early in the season. Coach Gary Rowett said after the game: ‘I have only one message to my players:’ we have to wake up ‘. At the moment we are making it very easy for our opponents to create opportunities against us and that has to change ‘. A clear message from Rowett, in which he clearly puts his finger on the sore spot. The defense of The Potters is, just like in the Premier League last year, the big problem of the club from Stoke-on-Trent.
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