"England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution" George Orwell
It really could have realistically been 7 or 8. I'm struggling to remember a more inept Stoke performance. Just a week ago I left the stadium feeling the most positive I had for a long time and then two absolute shit shows follow which has left me as negative as I have for a long time. For years we've smiled when people say 'typical Stoke' but this is seriously draining, I'm just hoping for a 'typical Stoke' revival but with the quality of the players we have I very much doubt it.