From afar & in Twitterverse, the same old takeaway

Posted by James Whittaker

Stu Forster/Getty ImagesStoke's Asmir Begovic, left, was helpless to stop Papiss Cisse's winner.

Stoke extended their poor away form -- now 24 matches with just one victory -- as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle United Sunday on Papiss Cisse's winner in added time.

I have to admit to not looking forward to this trip, nor any away game, so my expectations were perhaps unsurprisingly low. I booked a weekend away a while ago, and as a result, I found a new and novel way of experiencing the away-day experience -- by being away. I was 1,300 miles away at kickoff, to be precise, and approximately 35,000 feet above the returning clouds of despair come the final whistle.

-- Match report: Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City

On landing, I switched my phone on eagerly (though not before going through security, should anyone official be reading) and saw the result,a 2-1 loss clinched by Papiss Cisse's goal in stoppage time. Without knowing any detail of what had happened, I asked my Twitter followers to sum up the game in one tweet. Given I'd be hard pushed to write my reaction to a game I hadn’t seen, I thought I would let them do it instead.

Here are a selection of the replies . . . I have left out or edited some of the more colourful responses…

Good Walters pen, Good free kick, Whelan gave it away though, Cisse scored. Nothing else happened (@Ben_Rowley411)

We were playing away from home. Enough said (@Wozzerr)

TP parked the bus at 1-0 up, As usual it was suicide and we lost 2-1 (@steveheath48)

Stoke played well in general, Walters puts the the peno in after being bought down, Whelan with a poor backpass 1-1, free kick 2-1 90 min (@tomculverwell)

Went in front with a Walters pen. They scored straight after, free kick 18 yds out.. Cisse winner 91st min, after Wilson played him onside (@larrylurker1)

A draw would have been a fair result. Played ok. Two mistakes cost us. Just don't read TPs post match interview quotes (@APB1979)

We were playing well, they equalised, Pulis rested on a draw, Whitehead for Jerome, Belly up onwards (@JoshWiltonFT)

Usual predictable negative rubbish, take lead and shut up shop, you missed nothing, seen it all before many times (@paul23stoke)

Better, but not good enough. Gave sloppy free kick away for 1st. Played Cisse onside for the 2nd. Left Kenwyne sub too late and Deano was a negative sub (@lowey)

Lacked ambition and made far too many errors in midfield with N'Zonzi & Whelan culpable. No Plan B again. Route one to Crouch (@RockcliffeFiles)

It was away day progress. 4 shots on target (@Lee_Potter79)

Not that bad but more worrying is that we still don't create anything and Pulis says we did well (@fogfoon)

Wilson CB,Whelan CM, Crouch upfront, three changes for next week.....summary in 5 letters '(rude word)' (@Nicksmith31)

So it would appear that, reading between the lines, Stoke played as they usually do away from home but managed to fare slightly better before becoming the architects of their own downfall with manager Tony Pulis defending the lead and the players handing the initiative to the opposition with costly individual errors.

This defeat sees the club take the unwelcome crown of being the worst top-flight side in 2013, losing seven of their last nine games. Hopefully that statistic will be aided by the visit of perennial charity-givers West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in what looks to be the latest must-win game.

A lot of people are concerned at the moment, as well they should be, and while West Brom offer the Potters a great opportunity to get three vital points on the board, a win is by no means guaranteed. So I urge all fans to get behind the lads and do everything possible to put one run to bed and keep the other going strong.

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