BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 08:02 GMT, Monday, 26 April 2010 09:02 UK

Denis Smith questions Stoke pride after Chelsea defeat

Former Stoke City defender Denis Smith
Smith played almost 500 games for Stoke between 1968 and 1982

Stoke City legend Denis Smith has accused the current squad of lacking pride after their 7-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Smith told BBC Radio Stoke that the fact the club are safe from relegation should not be used as an excuse.

"The world's watching," said Smith, who played almost 500 games for Stoke. "What sort of pride have you got if you can't turn up on a day like today?

"If you can't get up for a game like that, you shouldn't be playing."

Stoke had no answer to a rampant Chelsea side, who scored seven goals at home for the third time this season, and returned to the top of the Premier League in the process.

It's turned out to be an embarrassing afternoon

Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Potters manager Tony Pulis described the result as "embarrassing" and ordered the players in for training on Monday.

"If you've got five or six players who turn up and think they can just play a game of football against the top teams in this country, you get punished," Pulis said.

"Our success is based on working hard off the ball, and we had too many players who thought it was a stroll in the park.

"It's turned out to be an embarrassing afternoon."

Smith continued: "Tony will have question marks against those players and that will go into the memory bank for him.

"It's not just getting rid of people, you've got to bring somebody better, with a better attitude, and then you move them on."

Stoke are 13th in the Premier League table on 43 points, two points short of their tally from their first season in the Premier League.

Their remaining three games are against Everton [home], Fulham [away] and Manchester United [away].

Print Sponsor


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.