Stoke City have lastly pulled down the curtain on a season that did not seem to be it was ever going to finish.
Thankfully, they’ve performed it from mid-table within the Championship, having lived too dangerously for too lengthy close to the underside.
It has been a rollercoaster and we have picked out 14 that present we cannot see many campaigns like 2019/20 once more – hopefully.
From most attracts to fewest
Stoke had a membership document 21 attracts in 2018/19, the best within the Championship.
In 2019/20 it was all the way down to eight attracts, the bottom within the Championship and the bottom by a Stoke staff since 2010/11 (seven).
Could’ve written off Nathan Jones
Stoke would have stayed up with simply the factors picked up beneath Michael O’Neill, although he didn’t take cost till the 16th recreation of the season.
There have been solely eight factors within the financial institution when he was appointed – however take them off the tip complete and Stoke would nonetheless have 48 and a a lot more healthy aim distinction of optimistic eight.
That would put them fourth from backside.
Michael O’Neill’s excessive scorers
Only Brentford (62) and champions Leeds (58) have scored greater than Stoke (49) within the 31 video games since Michael O’Neill took the helm.
Stoke had gained one in 13 house video games – scoring 14 and letting in 21 – earlier than O’Neill arrived.
They have since gained 10 of 15 house matches beneath O’Neill, scoring 27 and letting in 11.
Only Brentford, Leeds and Fulham have picked up extra house factors in that point, solely Brentford and Leeds have scored extra and nobody has let in fewer.
A Christmas snapshot
Sheffield Wednesday have been third and sniffing at Christmas – and given Christmas Day off by Garry Monk forward of their Boxing Day journey to Stoke, who have been 21 factors beneath on the very backside.
And Monk was wanting significantly happy with himself at 2-1 up heading into damage time.
Instead James McClean became just about a one-legged battering ram, captain Ryan Shawcross urged his facet on and substitutes Tyrese Campbell and Sam Vokes scored within the 93rd and 97th minutes to show it right into a Three-2 house win.
Stoke chipped away at that hole till overtaking Wednesday on the final day, ending in 15th and 16th respectively.
Only one staff within the earlier 10 years who had been backside of the Championship at Christmas had stayed up.
In truth, this season not one of the backside 5 with 5 video games to go – Luton, Barnsley, Stoke, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield – went down.
Most targets since 1965
Stoke followers have seen (or they might in the event that they’d been allowed within the floor) 129 league targets this season, though sadly 68 of them have been within the flawed finish.
Stoke haven’t scored and conceded a mixed larger complete since 1964/65, though it was additionally 129 in 1965/66 and 1988/89.
In 2018/19, it was 100.
Michael O’Neill’s play-off contender kind
Michael O’Neill’s factors per recreation common of 1.55 would have given Stoke 71 factors if extrapolated over a season like they did to resolve the League One standings. Swansea sneaked into the play-offs with 70 factors.
Stoke even have the seventh greatest document within the division since November eight.
Nathan Jones’s nightmarish kind
Using the identical technique, Stoke would have picked up 25 factors over 46 video games if that they had carried on on the pre-Michael O’Neill fee.
Hull completed backside with 45.
An extended-awaited mid-week away win
Stoke hadn’t gained a mid-week league away match (except you’re counting a Boxing Day win at Huddersfield – however let’s face it no person actually is aware of what day of the week it’s on Boxing Day) since May 2010 till they beat Nottingham Forest in July 2020.
That’s Three,731 days and 29 winless video games on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Even counting that Huddersfield recreation, it’s two wins in 30. No surprise Michael O’Neill has insisted away kind wants to enhance.
There are 14 mid-week dates within the provisional calendar for 2020/21 too.
A grand complete
Stoke used 35 gamers in 2019/20. We arrange a quiz with no hints or clues to see what number of you may bear in mind.
Sam Clucas performed Three,909 minutes, which was greater than double that of 26 of his teammates.
We need 4
Stoke had not scored 4 targets in a recreation of their earlier three seasons. They managed it 5 occasions beneath Michael O’Neill.
They had not scored greater than two within the 80 league video games earlier than he walked out at Barnsley. They have performed it eight occasions within the following 31 matches.
Double imaginative and prescient
Sam Clucas, with 11 targets, is the primary central midfielder to attain double figures in a league season for Stoke in 21 years.
Graham Kavanagh obtained 11 in 1998/99, the rollercoaster season beneath Brian Little. James O’Connor obtained 10 in 2000/01, together with two within the League Cup.
A altering tide
Michael O’Neill has gained extra of many in his 31 video games (14) as Nathan Jones and Gary Rowett managed of their mixed 60 (13). Paul Lambert solely gained one of many final 14 of his 15 matches too.
So in all, Stoke have gained as many occasions in 31 video games since November as that they had of their earlier 75 going again to January 2018.
The calendar 12 months
Stoke have already gained extra league video games in 2020 (10 from 21 matches) than they managed in 2019 (9 from 46) and the identical as 2018 (10 from 42). They solely managed 11 in each 2016 and 2017 too from 38 and 40 video games respectively.
Stoke in the end completed 15th on 56 factors, which was yet one more than that they had picked up ending 16th in 2019.