Stoke concede four to Crystal Palace and Mark Hughes' job looks in serious danger


Three wins since February. Four goals conceded in six of their last 11 Premier League games. Three goals scored all season.

Three statistics that leave Mark Hughes in a very bad situation.

The Potters lost 4-1 to Crystal Palace, a second win on the bounce for Pardew's men, and for some that's reason enough to get to the sack.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew before the game against Stoke City
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Since taking over as Stoke manager Hughes has changed everything about the side, transitioning them from purely physical and a bit of an eye-sore, in all honesty, to a team boasting a number of former Barcelona players who played great football at times last season.

The team, on paper, is better this season than it was last season - bar the injuries to Xherdan Shaqiri and Jack Butland. So what's going on? They have all the ingredients, so why is greasy mush being served on those finely crafted plates?

Is it the unthinkable decision to swap New Balance for Macron?

The new sponsor means they have more than a few things in common with the Aston Villa side relegated last season.

Maybe they've done the classic thing of investing a lot in forward departments and not enough at the back...

The most damning thing though was the lack of fight Stoke showed against Palace. Sure, they bagged late on, but there was no leadership on the pitch and seemingly no desire. Even when Stoke weren't very good to watch under previous managers, they could always be relied on for desire.

It might be time to Pray for Mark Hughes. And don't take it from us, take it from another team to get relegated last season.