Stoke City got their Championship season started in their worst possible way on Sunday when they were beaten 3-1 by Leeds United and fans were angered with the performance of one of their men.
The Potters will have been looking to get their campaign off to the best possible way as they look to return to the Premier League, however, Garry Rowett’s side were well off the pace.
The visitors found themselves behind early on in front of a packed Elland Road crowd when Mateusz Klich fired the Whites into the lead inside the first 15 minutes.
Things did not get better for the Staffordshire side just before half-time when Jack Butland made a costly error.
The England international somehow allowed a strike from Pablo Hernandez from outside the box squeeze past him.
Stoke improved in the second half for a moment and managed to get themselves back into the game when Benik Afobe netted from the penalty spot, however, the joy from that goal was short-lived.
Liam Cooper restored Leeds’ two-goal advantage almost immediately as the home side continued to exert their dominance.
Stoke fans were angered by their side’s performance and took to social media to slate Afobe for his performance.
Despite scoring the penalty, a number of supporters took to Twitter to criticise him as they had felt he had not offered anything to the team and had been lazy throughout the fixture.
The 25-year-old joined Stoke in a surprise deal this summer from Wolverhampton Wanderers, who he had only been for 11 days following a transfer from AFC Bournemouth.
Here are some of their reactions:
Shawcross, Indi , and that Afobe what a pile of tosh today they were.
— Mick Tune (@MickTune) August 5, 2018
Afobe can take penalties and that’s it end off!!
— Glennboy (@britstad) August 5, 2018
Same old lackluster poor defending performance… And who on earth is Afobe?? Too damn lazy..!!
— Ray Gower (@GowerRay) August 5, 2018
Afobe offered nothing either tbf; very disappointed with him. At the other end, roofe ran his proverbials off and was always an option. Afobe too static for me.
— Adam (@stokieadam) August 5, 2018
McClean played well, Afobe scores (although did little else), subs made a positive impact. Hopefully this will give everyone a bit of a wake-up call to how tough the season is going to be.
— Simon Hewitt (@Sidger7) August 5, 2018
@petercrouch in just 17 mins was way better than most of the stoke team. He should start ahead of afobe. Afobe was woeful. Crouch installs terror in defences. Him and bojan were so good when they came on and oozed class.
— Dave Metcalf (@chunkydave37) August 5, 2018
Afobe extremely poor but given zero service and is clearly not fit.
— Nicholas Johnson (@NichJohn1991) August 5, 2018
Same back 5 as last season think need freshen it up maybe get Williams starting! But yeah afobe offered nothing and had no support but was always gonna be tough start today!
— Stuey Davies (@Stueycufc) August 5, 2018
Afobe looks like another Diouf based on that performance. Poor close control, isn’t tall enough to bully defenders and can’t bring anyone into play. Was an absolute ghost all game.
— Theo France (@_theofrance) August 5, 2018
So much for all the hype that it was just going to be a walk in the park. Serious holes in the team. Afobe was shocking. Ince & McLean look good. Defence were static, Leeds were far sharper. It’s going to be a long season!!
— Phil Blurton (@PaigntonPotter) August 5, 2018