Team Review: Stoke City in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 15, 2014
Stoke City in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: Ninth

Match Results: W13-D11-L14

(Featured image: Stoke City | Source: telegraph.co.uk)

 

Stoke City finished the 2013-14 season in the upper half of the league table, which was a considerable improvement from the previous term when they only landed in the 13th spot. Among the favorites by online bookies, the side earned 50 points overall to rank below Southampton but above Newcastle United. The Potters will play in the English top-flight football for a sixth consecutive season.

 

Stoke City entered into the competition with a new manager at the helm. Former Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers coach Mark Hughes started his campaign with a rather disappointing result with Liverpool 0-1. His next two fixtures, however, provided redemption when his men played against Crystal Palace and West Ham and won on both occasions. These were later followed by 11 more victories.

 

Between September and October 2013, the side produced zero wins and pulled off only two points from two draws. The main dilemma was on goalkeeping and the issue persisted well until the season’s final fixtures. By the conclusion of the tournament, Stoke have incurred 14 defeats and a goal difference of -7. They were the only team in the top nine to post more goals conceded than scored.

 

In the last two months of 2013, The Potters improved a little bit. They were beaten only three times within this period and obtained 13 points from four draws and three victories, including the impressive 3-2 home triumph against title candidates Chelsea.

 

From 28 June 2013 to 28 January 2014, the squad only produced six new signings which included Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven and Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen. Meanwhile, ten players were released and have either transferred to other clubs (like Rory Delap and Matthew Upson) or retired from playing football (Michael Owen). Peter Crouch finished the season as Stoke City’s top scorer with eight league goals.

 

Outside the Premier League, Stoke City reached the fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup and League Cup, respectively.