Joe Allen celebrates scoring Stoke's opening goal in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
And they'll have had plenty to mull over on their three-and-a-half hour journey back to London as Joe Allen inflicted another defeat.
The Welshman had already missed the easiest chance of the game to put the Potters in front but when he got the opportunity to make amends he didn't flinch – the goal was of stunning simplicity.
Allen scoring Stoke's winning goal against Palace at the Britannia Stadium
Marko Arnautovic, who had missed an early sitter when he shot straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey, had plenty of time to spot Ramadan unmarked in the middle, who spotted Allen's run to his right.
Allen then clipped the ball beyond his national team-mate for his sixth of the season.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes said: "We needed that breakthrough and it was a great goal when it came. Joe Allen times his runs well and it was a great finish."
Sam Allardyce dejected after Palace's 1-0 loss to Stoke
There's a worrying soft centre to the Eagles' defence and it doesn't look as if Big Sam can plug it.
In his 11 games in charge, Allardyce's side have only kept two clean sheets – and one of those was against his old club Bolton, who are now fighting to get out of Division One.
And Big Sam admitted: "It's not been the results I expected. I thought it would have been easier for me to get the players to understand certain things."
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