Stoke fans weren’t happy with Mark Hughes at the close of 2017 and the first glimpse of him in 2018 hasn’t improved matters.
The Stoke boss full of excuses as usual and embarrassingly refused to give Newcastle any credit for the win, despite the visitors having half a dozen clear chances before they eventually scored the winner.
The Stoke fans weren’t letting him off the hook though, as Mark Hughes after the game challenged people to name somebody who was better qualified to manage the Potters in the second half of the season.
Interesting comments from the home supporters below, with also plenty to say about the Newcastle fans, Rafa Benitez and his team, especially Jonjo Shelvey.
Stoke fans comment via their top Oatcake message board:
‘Thought Newcastle fans rendition of “Your support is f…… s…” was highly accurate yesterday.
We didn’t turn up.
Their support on the other hand was excellent.
Extremely vocal throughout the game.
The dross being served up on the pitch week after week is having it’s inevitable effect.’
‘What is so sickening, is being beaten by a very poor Newcastle outfit.’
‘As someone said when leaving the game with me – it feels like we are the away side when we play at home.
Shelvey ran the game yet at no point did we get in his face.
Dropping off constantly and allowing the opposition possession when we are supposed to be at home.’
‘58% possession suggests the headline title of this thread is inherantly wrong.
I only saw 2nd half but I didn’t even notice he was playing.’
‘It shows that stats don’t always tell a true picture and what relevance does the possession stat have anyway?
Every single time Shelvey received the ball he was allowed almost unchallenged, to pick any pass he liked, most of which were accurate to a pin head.
It was obvious to everyone that we needed to get closer to him, other than the players or the clown of a manager.’
‘Well the stats tell you that we dominated the ball which suggests we had control of the midfield rather than shelvey.’
‘Stats eh ?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase lies damned lies and statistics ?
Watch the match.
Benitez had three around Crouch and two would back off to pick up the knock downs.
Shelvey played deep and spreads the play.
Darlow attacked the ball at corners as Stoke have scored more goals from corners than most other clubs.
All of these things were Benitez.
Not surprising that Hughes 1 Benitez 12 in games against each other.’
‘The game was played the way NUFC wanted it played, and that was down to Shelvey.
We may have had more of the ball, but had little idea what to do with it and the only time we threatened was when we went even longer and started throwing crosses at Crouch. No plan, no guile and no pace.’
‘We did dominate the ball but as ever did relatively little to really threaten with it.
Newcastle allowed us that and waited to hit us on the break, and in that respect always looked more likely to score than we did.
TBH we were fortunate that mostly they were rubbish at converting good chances. A more clinical side would have scored three or four (again).’
‘Shelvey was largely anonymous, in fact none of their players stood out except Lascelles. Shows how dire we have become that a poor Newcastle side come to town and don’t even have to put in a ‘performance’ to beat us.’
‘Just watching extended highlights
Newcastle had the better chances, especially in the first half, but those excellent saves from their goalkeeper, ensured the 3 points went their way.
‘What little he had to do he did exceptionally well.
Definitely a man of the match performance which really does give a very warped view of the match itself.
Hadn’t really heard much of him prior to day but one well worth keeping an eye on.’
‘We are going down.’
‘Benitez knows we have no pace. Put Gayle on to run at tired legs. He’s done us like a dinner.’
‘Shelvey is one ugly f….. but I’d have him here.’
‘We are utterly hopeless and Hughes just stands there and watches it. Accepts it. Get out of our club.’
‘Looked like a penno (Zouma on Gayle) to me. Lucky again.’
‘Turn the light off, it’s over.’
‘Time to go Mr. Hughes.’
‘Pity it had to come from an Adam mistake.
This is the day when our fate is sealed.
Wave hello to the championship.’
‘I can’t describe how much I hate Mark Hughes for what he’s done to my team.’
‘This is a shocking performance vs a very s… team (No disrespect to newcastle).’
‘That felt like the first proper relegation match we’ve played this season.
Aaaand, long story short…
‘Hughes said on 5 Live:
‘If we had kept a clean sheet up to Half time at Chelsea – we could have gone on and get something out of the game.
The fans today are naturally disappointed because of the high standards that I have set but which are not being delivered now.
Who else is there to do this job? I am the best person to do it.
You can only listen to that and decide whether to cry or puke up.’
‘Utterly dreadful. Just hit and hope up to Crouch, and let them win the second ball. No guile or finesse and made a poor Newcastle team look decent.’
‘Stoke City Terrorised first half by 4 players in the opposing team possessing championship footballing skills – but also had all the things we do not i.e. Pace, energy, fitness and movement,
The 4 lads in question terrorized our lumbering defence, time after time first half and cut us to ribbons down our left hand side.’