Walters’ 102-game Stoke run set to end

Ireland striker Jonathan Walters is in danger of missing his first game for Stoke in 103 games.

Walters’ 102-game Stoke run set to end

Incredibly, Walters has started the last 102 games for the Potters, but is a doubt with a thigh problem.

Stoke ended a run of eight games without a win by beating Sunderland in their most recent outing at the Britannia Stadium and go into tonight’s clash level on points with Cardiff just above the relegation zone.

“It’s a key game for us, a big opportunity to get more points on the board and we’re looking forward to it,” said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

Meanwhile Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has criticised “short-term” attitudes within football after seeing seven of his peers lose their jobs in the last week. Martin Jol, Dave Jones, Guy Whittingham, Sean O’Driscoll, Richie Barker, David Flitcroft and Owen Coyle have all left their respective positions over the space of the last seven days.

Mackay is bemused by the failure to notice the success the likes of Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and David Moyes have enjoyed when trusted with long tenures in charge. “The short-term has got worse,” said Mackay, who has been in charge of Cardiff for two and a half years. “If you are looking at somebody in a job in the Premier League for two or three years, they are one of the longest serving managers, which is crazy but it’s the way it is.”

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