Preview: Stoke City look for return to form against Rotherham


Stoke City will look to bounce back from a disappointing cup exit this week as the Potters travel to Paul Warne’s Rotherham tomorrow.

The Potters have struggled to adapt to life in the Championship and with the club sat in 18th manager Gary Rowett is starting to face some tough questions about his tenure at the club.

A loss to newly promoted Rotherham could potentially seal the manager’s fate as the first Championship casualty of the season.

Stoke’s poor start to the season was highlighted on Wednesday night as The Potters failed to beat ten-man Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup.

But with Benik Afobe scoring again and Saido Berahino continuing his return to form with a goal, manager Rowett insists there are positives to be taken from the loss saying: “I was pleased with the way we started.

“Different team, different formation.

“We tried to play a formation that got players into their best positions and we felt that suited the players one or two were really bright early on.”

But Rotherham have not been a shining beacon themselves.

Sat one place behind the Potters on goal difference, the side have failed to break down defences in recent weeks and with Stoke’s woes being due in no short part to defensive errors Rowett will be hoping his defenders’ errors go unpunished.

Rotherham will not be push overs, though, as the one place they have shone this season is in their home form.

They have won three of their first four at the New York Stadium, including a memorable victory against Derby where the South Yorkshire side showed defensive steel against one of the promotion favourites.

Rowett knows his team must improve if they want to kickstart their season this Saturday.

“If we show our quality, there’s absolutely no doubt what this team can do but we’ve got to back that up.

“We’ve got to perform, it’s as simple as that.”


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