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If you'd have told me before a ball was kicked that Stoke would beat both Manchester City and Tottenham on their own turf, I'd have expected us to be in the top two of the Premier League by this stage of the season.
That's the frustrating thing going into the second international break. The win at White Hart Lane was fantastic, just like the win at the Etihad, but it's hard to wonder 'what if' given dropped points against Aston Villa, Leicester, West Ham, Hull City and QPR.
Not every game ends how you expect, of course, least of all in the Premier League, but it's hard to argue that Stoke shouldn't have more points by now having dominated but failed to score against Villa and Leicester, failed to make a man advantage count at Hull, and thrown away leads against QPR and West Ham.
However, the positive news ahead of a tough run of fixtures is that Stoke have proven very effective playing on the counter attack against superior opponents. Neither win against City nor Spurs were flukes - Mark Hughes' gameplan in both of those games worked brilliantly.
Stoke need to take three points from their next game against Burnley at the Britannia Stadium first of all but, once that's out of the way, let's hope the theme of surprise results continues against Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Repeat the performances shown against City and Spurs, and there is no reason why it shouldn't.
theliquidator (): "As a Chelsea supporter of over 50 years standing and having had a season ticket sinc way before Abramovich..."
sircraven (): "Finally a nail in Glen Johnsons England career coffin. Clyne looked solid going forward and backward."
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