Toothless Stoke become first team since Arsenal featuring Van Persie in 2009 to record four straight goalless draws

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STOKE CITY bagged a point against Sheffield Wednesday with their fourth consecutive 0-0 draw – matching a somewhat unwanted record.

It means the Potters are the first side since Arsenal back in 2008/09 to record four stalemates on the bounce.

 

Stoke have drawn 0-0 against QPR, Derby, Reading and now Sheffield Wednesday in their last four Championship games.

They have managed to pull themselves away from the bottom of the division however, sitting in 14thh spot after a disappointing campaign.

Back in 2009, Arsenal finished in fourth place in the Premier League, one place lower than the previous season.

But February was a somewhat boring month of football for their fans.

The Gunners firstly drew 0-0 at home to West Ham on January 31.

Then they recorded the same score away at Spurs on February 8, home to Sunderland on February 21 and home to Fulham on February 28.

STOKE BOSS HAPPY

This was despite having the lethal Robin Van Persie leading the line – though he was paired with Gunners flop Carlos Vela.

Stoke have scored just four goals in their last 11 games, and failed to find the back of the net in eight of those.

But in some good news to fans, Nathan Jones’ men are unbeaten in eight – seven draws and one win.

Speaking to the BBC, Jones said: “That it is as good as we have played. We are evolving into a real fluent side.


 

“I was delighted with so many aspects of the performance.

“But I’m just a little bit frustrated as that’s the fourth 0-0 on the trot and I don’t know how that has happened.

“I think the goal was offside, that might have changed the complexion of the game, but if one of our 12 opportunities had gone in, in any way, it would have been a different game.”

Fans might well be wishing they didn’t ship Peter Crouch off to Burnley in January.

Stoke just cannot find the back of the net in the Championship
Stoke just cannot find the back of the net in the Championship
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Even Gunners legend Robin Van Persie failed to fire for Arsenal back in February 2009
Even Gunners legend Robin Van Persie failed to fire for Arsenal back in February 2009
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