Part of the issue at Stoke appeared to be a very large squad on big money playing as individuals. O'Neill appears to have sorted that and has now a smaller, united squad. However their squad still has a lot more depth than most in the championship so I'd expect whatever team is selected for our game will be strong. I'm not surprised they've started so well, I thought O'Neill would have them challenging last season but there appears to have been significant problems to sort out there which has taken him time. I think we could well be playing them in the PL next season. As for the league cup tie a great game for some of our fringe players but a very difficult tie to get through so we'll need to get the balance right.