There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a disappointing season thus far for Stoke City.
The Potters were fancied to challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League, but have only collected 35 points from their 26 Championship matches this season, which is only good enough for 14th position.
Gary Rowett’s side have won just eight of their league matches this season, and there is serious pressure on their manager at the moment.
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Rowett is still in the position, but a poor result against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup this weekend could prove to be the end of the road.
Stoke suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Bristol City in the Championship at the weekend, and the club’s fans took exception to Rowett deciding to replace Benik Afobe with Peter Crouch in the 60th minute of the match.
Crouch has only scored one Championship goal this term, whilst Afobe is the team’s leading scorer this season with seven.
The Stoke fans were upset with Rowett’s call at the weekend, and took to Twitter to express their views:
— Euan Ramage (@EuanRamae7) January 1, 2019
Well it’s clear rowett knows he’s in trouble if he’s bringing the big man on this early
— Ben Street (@BenStre83066504) January 1, 2019
— James Naylor (@Sporting_Jim) January 1, 2019
Oh great , crouch will beat them for pace ? if ya bringing him on then u need 2 upfront , how did he get a managers job !
— Newport Mon (@symattad) January 1, 2019
I can’t even believe what I’m seeing
— Will Shirley (@WillShirley18) January 1, 2019
This is a wind up surely
— howardjs (@sjosephhow) January 1, 2019
Can you take your Twitter offline as we are a corrupt club
— AJ Potter (@nerdjacking2) January 1, 2019