Stoke City’s 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest is highlighting the increasingly prominent issue that Stoke City have of converting draws into wins. Simply, if Stoke City are to be promoted back into the Premier League, they need to start winning and it needs to start immediately.
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Stoke City moved up to 14th place and are 6 points off the playoff places which is within touching distance, but that distance will only grow if Stoke can’t manage to get the three points. Rowett needs to work something out, be it tactically or personnel wise. He reverted back to 4-1-4-1 formation against Nottingham Forest, which focuses on the wingers getting crosses into the box, for the striker to attack. Evidently, that is not working as Afobe’s goal drought continues, it’s not entirely his fault, Diouf can provide some quality service out on the wing but Saido Berahino while allowing Stoke an additional attacking threat, is not as useful in the domain of creating chances. The only other players capable of providing any creative threat would be Joe Allen and Peter Etebo which is not really enough against defensive teams like Nottingham and Middlesbrough. The inclusion of Etebo into the team indicates that Rowett knows his team needs a bit of spark attacking wise but this current f
Gary Rowett knows changes have to be made, the main question for him is, is that question personnel wise or tactically wise.