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Bookmakers: Wilson wants to avenge loss to Newcastle
By Andrew Scott Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:22
Marc Wilson, Stoke City defender, wants to avenge their nightmare at Newcastle United when the two teams face each other again on Saturday, and many bookmakers would like to see if they will accomplish their mission.
Pay per head sportsbooks and bookmakers everywhere remember when Newcastle beat Mark Hughes’ side 5-1 at St James’ Park in December.
Glenn Whelan and Wilson were sent off in that match, and price per head services saw that Hughes was also sent to the stands in what was a terrible day for Stoke.
Sports bookmaker services know that with a win in the return match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke can make it to within three points of a ninth-placed Newcastle, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder if they’ll make it.
And pay per head sportsbooks can see that Wilson – who for much of the season played at centre-half in the absence of an injured Robert Huth – wants to erase the memory of that loss.
“It’s (being sent off) a horrible feeling,” Wilson told The Stoke Sentinel. “It was the first time in my career I’d been sent off and it was probably the worst feeling I’ve had.
“I went and watched the second half in one of the lounges. It was a nightmare.
And bookmakers all over the world also saw how horrible this match was for his side.
“That was a setback the last time we played them. Myself and Glenn (Whelan) got sent off after playing well, and the manager himself then got sent to the changing room.
“After Glenn got sent off we were missing that player in midfield to steady the ship. Then they had a ball played through and I got myself sent off.
“When you have two sent off it’s always going to be difficult, especially as Newcastle have got some great players.
“Now we want to set things straight.”
Sports bookmaker services learned that Wilson – Ireland international who’s a favourite with many bookmakers – likes his role at centre-back, and expressed a wish to challenge Huth for a long-term starting berth at the position.
“Yes, it’s (challenging Huth) what I’ve got to do,” he added. “You want to give the manager some food for thought and I just go out and try to give my best every game.
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“I’m enjoying playing centre-half and am feeling extremely comfortable. Since I came to Stoke I’ve enjoyed being here, but even more so now and long may that continue.”