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A point at Burnley ensured Stoke will finish ninth for the second season running but, more importantly, with a record points total in the Premier League. Even if it remains at 51, to have bettered last season's tally is an incredible achievement given the injury problems Mark Hughes has had to contend with.
Stoke have also achieved their record amount of wins in a season since promotion and, perhaps surprisingly, can even set a record for the least amount of goals conceded in a season with a clean sheet against Liverpool.
That statistic really highlights how close Stoke have come to challenging for a top-seven spot - beaten by more than one goal on only five occasions but paying the price for lapses in concentration to drop valuable points against Aston Villa, Leicester, Burnley and West Ham at home, and against QPR away. There have been shock results in our favour, of course, not least the win at Manchester City, but it is still hard not to feel some regret about some of the silly mistakes that have cost us even more success.
Still, it is also exciting to know there is further room for improvement with this team. If Marc Muniesa can stay fit, if Bojan and Peter Odemwingie can recapture the form they showed prior to their injuries, and if Hughes can improve the team in the transfer market again, there is no reason to believe Stoke can't achieve some sort of progress for the third season running.
These really are halcyon days.
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