Stoke City lost the first game of their pre-season tour of Germany last night, succumbing 2-0 to Bundesliga II side VFL Bochum.
Having already beaten Macclesfield and Walsall this pre-season, it was the first defeat of Gary Rowett’s tenure as manager, albeit in a meaningless friendly match.
It was Bochum’s fifth friendly, they reported back from pre-season training a week earlier than stoke and the game lost all shape on the 70 minute mark with a raft of changes for the Potters.
Despite that, some fans have still take to twitter to express their disgust at the result, claiming it is ridiculous and doesn’t bode well at all for the upcoming season.
Their mood might not be helped by the recent relegation from the top flight, nor the presence of many players who helped them to the drop in the current squad.
However, a 2-0 defeat in a foreign country in a game primarily played to build fitness isn’t the end of the world, although by glancing through a selection of Tweets form last night, you’d be forgiven for thinking it might be.
Although it’s a friendly that’s just embarrassing
— Ryan (@SorensenSZN) July 18, 2018
We’ll ignore the fact Bochum have played about 5 more pre-season games than us, Rowett will largely be working on fitness and the fact there’s still half a window left and panic instead shall we?
— Matt Swift (@MSwift94) July 18, 2018
I'll never understand the fascination with friendlies. Some fans genuinely care about the score & even individual player performances. All absolute nonsense, means nothing. #scfc
— poc (@peteoconn) July 18, 2018
— Stoke City Social (@stokecitysocial) July 18, 2018
Here's the real test for me now. Will Rowett come out and highlight the issues objectively. Or, will he do an impersonation of Mrs Doubtfire and scratch his head and blame everyone else but himself and his players.
— mark jackson (@marcusfcott) July 18, 2018
This is a ridiculous result. I know it's only pre season but it doesn't full me with confidence for when the season starts.
— Jamie Brunt (@Ginger_Ninja8) July 18, 2018
Oh dear this doesn’t bode well……????
— Mike Lawton (@mikelawtons) July 18, 2018