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Jack Butland issues plea to fans after below-par Stoke City fail to win again

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Stoke City are without a win in their two opening Championship fixtures, making a mockery of their pre-season billing as possible title contenders.

After being beaten 3-1 by Leeds United last weekend, Gary Rowett’s side drew 1-1 at home to Brentford, with Benik Afobe’s opener cancelled out by an Ollie Watkins strike in the second half.

The result meant to Potters are in the bottom three of the embryonic Championship table, leading to some jeers from fans at the final whistle. Jack Butland, addressing those boos, said fans had to be patient.

“I can understand it (the booing), but there is stuff to cheer about as well, so they need to stick with it,” he told the Daily Mail. “We know we haven’t hit the heights but we need them with us all season.”

Butland had been linked with a big-money move to the Premier League, but that hasn’t materialised and he’s now likely to remain at Stoke until January.

Preston North End and Wigan are next up for Rowett’s side, both are matches in which they would expect to come away with at least a share of the spoils.

The Verdict

The problem here is not performance, dropping out of the Premier League is not easy and neither Leeds nor Brentford will struggle this season. The problem for Stoke fans is expectation.

Those pre-season predictions of a title win heaped pressure on the squad and Gary Rowett, a manager who wilted under pressure at Pride Park last season.

The longer the poor run goes on, the worse things will get, but a single win could give them the push they need to live up to the summer hype.


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