20 December 2019 22:42
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from stokesentinel - Weekday Stoke City FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Stoke were on Teesside looking for valuable league points off their fellow strugglers Middlesbrough and this is how we rated their efforts here at The Riverside... BUTLAND: Magnificent first-have save, but far tougher second half when he might have questioned the cover in front of him 7 SMITH: Actually produced some decent balls going forward, but too little effect 5 WARD: Some useful interventions before injury forced him off with around 20 to go 5 BATTH: Forced into plenty of last-ditch defending, but will be particularly upset about Boro leveller 5 LINDSAY: A difficult night's work in the heart of Stoke's defence and he will be among those scrutinising precisely what went wrong 5 COUSINS: Mixed night as he linked the play well at times, but was also shoved off the ball in tight situations 6 ALLEN: More enterprising than most first half and saw a second-half effort veer wide of the target as Stoke pressed for an equaliser 6 CLUCAS: Took his goal with an aplomb we've come to expect before filling in at left back 6 INCE: Bright first half, by comparison to most, with several efforts on goal before fading along with others after the break 5 GREGORY: Surprisingly recalled, he centred for the game's first goal and remained an outlet down the channel 5 McCLEAN: Had his moments, but far too few to leave his mark on proceedings 5 SUBS POWELL (for Ward,67): Yet another chance from the bench to leave him impression on the game 5 VOKES (for McClean,76): Late call to hunt down an equaliser 5 DIOUF (for Ince,88): An even later chance for the old timer 5 Subs not used: Davies, Martins Indi, Hogan, Collins. StokeonTrentLive has launched a WhatsApp service dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest Stoke City news! Click here to joinand follow the instructions on your phone. Your number won't be shared with anyone else in the group.
If you want more information on signing up, or if this link doesn't work, click here. 4. Its tight at the top. With just five points separating 3rd and 12th, results over the weekend and over the Christmas period really could prove crucial. Even clubs like QPR and Hull on 31 and 30 points, respectively, have a chance of rising up the table. Getty