Yoshida: Saints can rule Britannia

Daily Echo: Maya Yoshida Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida is confident Saints can end Stoke’s long unbeaten home record this afternoon.

Tony Pulis’ side are unbeaten in 16 league games at the Britannia Stadium following their 3-1 defeat of Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Stoke’s last home loss was a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland back on February 4.

“It will be a really, really tough game,” the Japan international, left, said.

“Stoke have not lost a home game this season.

“They have many, many tall guys so it will be a more physical game.

“We have to give away less free kicks, corner kicks and deep throw-ins otherwise they will put many, many long balls in the box.

“We have to think about this.

“Of course every time I want to win a game but this time it would be really nice because they haven’t lost a home game (for a long time).”

Today will prove an interesting test for a Saints defence that has shown signs of improvements recently.

After conceding 28 goals in their first ten games back in the Premier League, they have conceded just six in their last eight matches.

“The big reason is playing with the same players and for a long time,” Yoshida said.

“The first time I played when I came here was in September so I had not enough time to make good communication.

“Jos Hooiveld had an injury and also many, many left and right-backs had injuries.

“But now we play the same team and we play the same members for a long time. That is important, that continuity.”

Yoshida has formed an impressive centre-back partnership with Jose Fonte since arriving from Dutch side VVV-Venlo in the summer.

The defender has settled quickly and has thanked countryman and teammate Tadanari Lee for his help.

Unlike Yoshida, though, the forward has been on the periphery of the first team this campaign.

Lee, who helped Saints secure promotion last term, struggled with injury at the start of the season and has so far been unable to find a way back into the starting line-up.

“I often talk to him and I know now is a very difficult moment for him because he hasn’t played many games,” Yoshida said.

“Sometimes he is in the squad, sometimes not, but we are professional footballers.

“I can help him but he has to do his best, although I know we have a lot of good strikers.

“It is really, really difficult but I hope we will stand on the pitch together one day as soon as possible.”

Ex-Saints Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch are battling to start against Yoshida.

Jones has started the last four league games following Crouch’s facial injury suffered at Newcastle late last month.

Prior to that, the Trinidadian had only made one Premier League start all season with Crouch preferred instead.

Crouch has made 14 starts in 2012/13 with four as a sub – all the latter coming in the last four matches.

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7:32am Sat 29 Dec 12

mack chinnon says...

Come on Yeovil.
Come on Yeovil. mack chinnon
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7:58am Sat 29 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

SEVENTEEN
SEVENTEEN Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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8:31am Sat 29 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Weather forecast shows heavy rain up to mid-day in Stoke, easing as the day moves on, hopefully conditions will be better for our real heroes, the travelling supporters, give it large people, their fans hate Nigel for some reason, so let's let them know that he really is a great guy. I would love a result, but I fear that they are on a good run and may be just too good, fingers crossed.
Weather forecast shows heavy rain up to mid-day in Stoke, easing as the day moves on, hopefully conditions will be better for our real heroes, the travelling supporters, give it large people, their fans hate Nigel for some reason, so let's let them know that he really is a great guy. I would love a result, but I fear that they are on a good run and may be just too good, fingers crossed. OSPREYSAINT
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8:35am Sat 29 Dec 12

Southampton boy says...

lots of positive talking now lets see the action, i for one would like to seeTLee on the field of play, not going to day but my heart will be there CYR,s
lots of positive talking now lets see the action, i for one would like to seeTLee on the field of play, not going to day but my heart will be there CYR,s Southampton boy
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8:47am Sat 29 Dec 12

Baddesley Bill says...

Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR Baddesley Bill
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9:09am Sat 29 Dec 12

redsnapper says...

Kenwynne will have one of his lazy Trinidadian days, Crouchie is still missing his nashers, our boys will turn up with real optimism,
and Nigel will tweak the team so Ricki gets a bit more service as the only way to score against Stoke is make sure we have plenty of goal mouth action at their end.

COYR lets make all the headlines on MOTD tonight.

1 1 is good but a 1 2 surprise would be great.
Kenwynne will have one of his lazy Trinidadian days, Crouchie is still missing his nashers, our boys will turn up with real optimism, and Nigel will tweak the team so Ricki gets a bit more service as the only way to score against Stoke is make sure we have plenty of goal mouth action at their end. COYR lets make all the headlines on MOTD tonight. 1 1 is good but a 1 2 surprise would be great. redsnapper
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9:13am Sat 29 Dec 12

ghk230473 says...

Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
[quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return. ghk230473
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9:32am Sat 29 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

ghk230473 wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
Spot on GHK.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.[/p][/quote]Spot on GHK. OSPREYSAINT
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9:52am Sat 29 Dec 12

SaintMax says...

Who knows if we play our ball retention game and they get frustrated and put their usual tackles in, they could get one sent off.
If the defence and midfield can resist the long ball barrage for long enough we could catch them on the break with their stretched ten men.
2-2, with a sneak at 1-2.
Who knows if we play our ball retention game and they get frustrated and put their usual tackles in, they could get one sent off. If the defence and midfield can resist the long ball barrage for long enough we could catch them on the break with their stretched ten men. 2-2, with a sneak at 1-2. SaintMax
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10:26am Sat 29 Dec 12

ghk230473 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
Spot on GHK.
On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1!
Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.[/p][/quote]Spot on GHK.[/p][/quote]On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1! Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with! ghk230473
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11:16am Sat 29 Dec 12

Saint. says...

ghk230473 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
Spot on GHK.
On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1!
Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with!
Totally dissagree!

Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!!

It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?!

But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not.

The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials.

Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not.

Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this!

.
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.[/p][/quote]Spot on GHK.[/p][/quote]On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1! Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with![/p][/quote]Totally dissagree! Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!! It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?! But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not. The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials. Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not. Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this! . Saint.
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11:31am Sat 29 Dec 12

st bevois says...

Saint. wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
Spot on GHK.
On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1!
Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with!
Totally dissagree!

Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!!

It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?!

But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not.

The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials.

Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not.

Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this!

.
Spot on - totally agree! "Premier League " rules for Fergie and League 1 for everyone else!
[quote][p][bold]Saint.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.[/p][/quote]Spot on GHK.[/p][/quote]On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1! Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with![/p][/quote]Totally dissagree! Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!! It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?! But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not. The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials. Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not. Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this! .[/p][/quote]Spot on - totally agree! "Premier League " rules for Fergie and League 1 for everyone else! st bevois
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11:53am Sat 29 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Let' see Pulis and NA nose to nose on the halfway line slugging it out, might be entertaining.
Let' see Pulis and NA nose to nose on the halfway line slugging it out, might be entertaining. OSPREYSAINT
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12:20pm Sat 29 Dec 12

ghk230473 says...

Saint. wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
ghk230473 wrote:
Baddesley Bill wrote:
Early night = Up and at em today.

Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win.

That's the plan anyway COYR
I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game.
They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us!
Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.
Spot on GHK.
On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1!
Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with!
Totally dissagree!

Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!!

It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?!

But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not.

The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials.

Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not.

Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this!

.
I agree there should be a greater respect towards officials in general, most managers remonstrate with then.
However I think pardew has more pressing problems at present and the last thing he needs is this distraction. Could work in our favour.
[quote][p][bold]Saint.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baddesley Bill[/bold] wrote: Early night = Up and at em today. Pick up Seedhouse, Olympic breakfast enroute...and a glorious Saints win. That's the plan anyway COYR[/p][/quote]I won't make any predictions just will say if we turn up, close down and put a shift in we will get something out of the game. They have players missing and are due to get beat at home. They also have a couple of ex saints players, who at the moment are scoring against us! Coyr, here's wishing a safe journey to all travelling fans. Look forward to reports on your return.[/p][/quote]Spot on GHK.[/p][/quote]On a lighter note wtf is pardew picking a fight with fergie over harassing referee's when he got heavily fined for pushing 1! Manager of the season to this. I think he's a good manager but look what a bit of pressure does, and fergie is not the person you want to be picking fights with![/p][/quote]Totally dissagree! Because AP got fined, and Wenger got done by that very same ref for kicking a bottle is why AP should shout about that arrogant Fergie!! It was shocking behavior and clear abuse at the time because the manks were losing at home. Can you imange if they lost?! But to now come out and say its ok because I'm Fergie the best manager of the biggest club in the world and thats how I am and everyone knows this. Is simply arrogant beyond belief! So what he saying he can act in this manner and because it him its the norm, tough if another manager say Mancini did it against manure its not. The ref are not helping here and must be a mank supporter or simply scared of fergie. To report Wenger for kicking a bottle of water and not report fergie who abused three officials before half time and after half time while they was losing is not on! And is simply the only reason fergie has got off with any further punishment, which is a disgrace in its self!! It is often quoted that in the best interest of protecting the game action and can be taken on video evidence. Surely on the amount of footeage it would warrent the FA to request some more information from Dean on Fergie abusive attitude on three officials over twenty plus mintues? They can let one manager blanatly get away with it! If NA had done this, he would be punished to teach him to show respect to the refs/officials. Personally I think all prem managers to write in to ask the question why Fergie can get away with this, even if Dean did not report it, as every other prem manager would not. Lastly on your last comment, I would hope every manager in this country should stand up to Fergie, and though I am not a total AP fan, I applaud him for doing just this! .[/p][/quote]I agree there should be a greater respect towards officials in general, most managers remonstrate with then. However I think pardew has more pressing problems at present and the last thing he needs is this distraction. Could work in our favour. ghk230473
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12:38pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Stoke-Fan says...

Good luck Saints today. Work hard for 90 mins and give us an entertaining game. It's your only hope anyway as anything less will punish you.
Good luck Saints today. Work hard for 90 mins and give us an entertaining game. It's your only hope anyway as anything less will punish you. Stoke-Fan
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