This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Stoke City exited the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, as they were defeated by Crawley Town on penalties, which added to Nathan Jones’ problems after a dismal start to their league campaign.
The Potters struggled to break down the League One side, and Stoke goalkeeper Adam Federici will be disappointed not to have kept out Crawley’s winning spot-kick.
The shot-stopper will have been keen to make a positive impact when in the squad, with Jack Butland also struggling for consistency in his performances.
Football League World’s Stoke City fan pundit Andy Barnett has issued his thoughts on Federici, and felt that the Australian struggled against Crawley.
“I’m not convinced by Adam Federici at the moment. In the league games he has played this season, he has played relatively well and made a number of good games. However, in the cup earlier this week, he has been less commanding in my view.
“Regardless of the lack of games and the low confidence in the defence, this game should have been the platform/springboard to showcase his and a number of fringe players’ talent.
“When it came to the penalties I also feel as though he could have done better for at least the final Crawley penalty, but it just didn’t happen and the result spoke for itself.”
The regular punter also admitted that Federici isn’t anywhere near the standard that Jack Butland is at the moment and labelled the Englishman as a goalkeeper in a ‘different league’.
“I don’t believe Adam Federici is in the same league as Butland.
“Jack has made mistakes and is not having the best of seasons but there is no doubting his class. Adam Federici is a decent keeper and excellent cover but isn’t in the same league as Butland.”
Stoke are next in action against Nottingham Forest on Friday, in what could prove to be Nathan Jones’ final game in charge of the Potters, with the Stoke boss coming under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.