Stoke City vs. Sunderland: Final score 0-0 ... you were expecting a thriller?

Michael Regan

Stoke played Sunderland and it was everything that we thought it would be, meaning it was basically a dumpster fire.

Here is a quick list of all of the exciting things that happened in Saturday's Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland:

- Carlos Cuellar headed a shot off the line

- Robert Huth probably committed a handball that was not called

- Simon Mignolet made a solid save on Huth

- Charlie Adam and Michael Kightly missed some solid half chances

- Sadly, Marc Wilson picked up an apparently serious injury and had to leave on a stretcher

That's it. Those are all of the things that were remotely exciting or that kind of looked like scoring chances that happened over the course of the match.

Of course, no one should be surprised, or even irritated by this. It's quite obvious that I am, but I am aware that there is nothing at all outrageous about a Tony Pulis team playing a Martin O'Neill team to a horrendously boring 0-0 draw. This is the result that both sets of fans should have expected. It's what they try to do against everyone else, so why not against each other?

Congratulations on not getting relegated or finishing top half, Stoke and Sunderland. I'm sure your supporters are happy with your continued complacency and mediocrity.

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