Match day and just like the match before this, the reverse fixture exemplified an improvement in the defensive side of things. Something which has been non existent lately. The loss of Kieran Gibbs has brought about a new player and chances are Ignacio Monreal would go straight into the squad for the visit of Stoke. What an introduction to the English league for him.
First match against a team many classify as what a typical English team is. Rugged, plenty of height and lots of aerial battle. However, look closely and things might be a little different with this Tony Pulis side. Gone is Rory Delap, for so many seasons have petrified opposing teams with his prowess at throw-ins. However they will still be looking to pump balls in via the recognized winger in Matthew Etherington.
On the other side, they have a forward put out wide in Jon Walters…
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