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PostSubject: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 03:23

Stoke City have come out fighting in defence of their latest controversial ploy to make the most of their long-throw tactic.
Footage
from the 2-1 win against Tottenham on Sunday showed Ryan Shotton drying
the ball with a towel underneath his shirt before taking throw-ins.

The plan worked a treat as he caused havoc in the Spurs penalty area,
but the novel idea was under scrutiny by the football authorities as
Premier League rules state that both clubs must agree to using towels
during a game.




Spot the towel: Ryan Shotton dries the ball during the game with Tottenham


The FA are looking to establish
whether Stoke’s tactic leaves them open to disciplinary procedures,
although it is unclear whether jurisdiction rested with the FA or
Premier League. Clarification is expected on Tuesday, but Stoke are
adamant that their innovative method of ensuring Shotton was able to dry
the ball was within the rules.
A
club spokesman said: ‘It’s a towelling vest that is the same colour as
the shirt. The only stipulation is that, as long as the undergarment is
the same colour as the predominant colour of the shirt, then it’s not a
problem. It does not stipulate what fabric it has to be.’
During
the home defeat to Queens Park Rangers on November 19, opposing manager
Neil Warnock demanded equal use of towels, as Stoke usually supply
matchday ball boys with them to ensure the balls can be dried before
throws are taken.





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Warnock’s intervention is likely to
have triggered the decision to supply Shotton with his own drying device
rather than having towels on the touchline against Spurs.


Whether Stoke are cleared to continue
with the ploy remains to be seen, but it illustrates how the club are
determined to reap maximum benefit from the throws that have become a
major feature of their game. Manager Tony Pulis has been keen to make
the most of the freakish throws into the box from Rory Delap and, more
recently, Shotton.
Last
season, Stoke’s pitch was one of the smallest in the top flight,
measuring 100x64metres — the minimum dimensions permissible. That looked
set to change this season after the club qualified for the Europa
League, as pitches in UEFA competition must measure 105x68m.



Tactic: Stoke's Rory Delap has made good use of his long throw


However, to ensure that the club
continued to make the most of Delap and Shotton’s potent throws, they
have marked out two pitches at the Britannia Stadium — one for domestic
competition and another for European games.
Stoke’s
reliance on long throws has been widely criticised. Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger has been outspoken about the tactic and even suggested the
idea of scrapping throw-ins altogether.
Speaking
in 2008, he said: ‘(The rule I would change would be) maybe to play
throw-ins by foot. Why not? I think it would make the game quicker.
‘For
example at Stoke, for Rory Delap it is like kicking the ball. It is a
little bit of an unfair advantage. He is using a strength that is
usually not a strength in football.’
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PostSubject: Re: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 19:39

I don't see the big issue with this, I quite like Stoke, and I like the way they play too. They play to their strengths and stick to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 20:19

Agreed,

They didn't break any laws, just using some intelligence on the pitch.


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PostSubject: Re: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 22:26

Oh for god's sake just leave them alone.

What is it with big clubs? They hate the idea that smaller clubs might be able to gain some sort of advantage. What's the difference between drying the ball using your shirt and wearing gloves, tights or a snood? What about that vaseline stuff that Vieira used to add to his shirt so he could sniff it during a game and keep his nasal passages clear?

Let's face it, Stoke are never going to be able to attract the sort of player who'd choose Arsenal instead, so why shouldn't they be allowed to use whatever advantage they might be able to gain.

Plenty of teams had the same problem with Tranmere when Dave Challinor played for them. He was quite good at the old throw-ins and helped them get a good cup run in 2001.

I think it's a talent.

Surely Hoddle gave Spurs an unfair advantage, and Beckham did for United as they could ping a ball 60 yards to another players feet. That's hardly fair for those teams who didn't have that.

I must say this tactic has prolonged Delap's career and has established Stoke as a premier league side. Good luck to 'em



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PostSubject: Re: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 22:30

@the deeb wrote:
Oh for god's sake just leave them alone.

What about that vaseline stuff that Vieira used to add to his shirt so he could sniff it during a game and keep his nasal passages clear?

Ahem, is that what he said it was Rolling Eyes

What about Ian Hutchinson in the good old days, for the younger lads here. Here he is in action.

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PostSubject: Re: Stoke facing probe into new tactic   2011-12-13, 22:41

Good one. Mind you they tried to stop this as well, didn't they?



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