PHOTOS: The worst moments of Stoke City's 2014

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We compile images from Stoke City's worst matches of 2014.

Stoke City may well look back positively on 2014, but that doesn't mean there haven't been any frustrating moments.

In this piece we take a look at some of the worst matches the Potters have been involved in over the past 12 months. 

Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City (29th January 2014)

Sunderland's win over Stoke at the start of the year left them down in 16th place and Mark Hughes's position as manager was coming under pressure, after a series of poor performances.

Stoke, with this loss, had failed to win any of their last six games and were in desperate need of a win to kick-start their season.

Thankfully for the Potters they got that in the next game with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United and they turned their campaign around.

Stoke only suffered three more league defeats for the rest of the season and climbed to their highest league finish since 1975.  

Stoke City 0-1 Aston Villa (16th August 2014)

Stoke went into the season full of optimism after a stellar showing last year, but the positivity around the Britannia Stadium was dented immediately. 

The Potters had expected to get off to a flying start by beating Aston Villa, but they failed to show the quality in their squad and slumped to a defeat.

Despite enjoying much of the possession, Stoke couldn't break down a resolute back line and Andreas Weimann's goal provided the visitors with an unlikely victory. 

Stoke City 0-1 Leicester City (13th September 2014)

The Britannia Stadium has been a fortress for Stoke ever since they got promoted to the Premier League, but they showed signs of fallibility in the early stages of this season.

After the Villa defeat, Stoke were determined to show that result up as a mere blip, but a loss to Leicester left questions being asked. 

The Foxes stole a win thanks to Esteban Cambiasso and left Stoke bewildered.

Stoke City 1-2 Burnley (22 November 2014)

Stoke's form has improved considerably since the early part of the season and they now occupy 11th spot, but this defeat was a reminder that they can be beaten. 

Burnley travelled to the Potteries as major outsiders to pick up the points, but they stunned the hosts with a brilliant display. 

Two counter-attacking goals were to prove Stoke's downfall and it remains to be seen just how costly this defeat could be at the end of the season. 

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