Chris Brunskill/Getty Images
Manager Tony Pulis has had to put up with a lot of stick about the direct, physical and robust way he gets Stoke City to play.
Up to this point, it has been an effective approach which has enabled the Potters to finish 12th, 11th, 13th and 14th since they got into the Premier League in 2008.
During that period, the club reached their first-ever FA Cup final and got into Europe for the first time in 36 years.
No one liked playing them.
But now, the tune needs changing.
In fairness, Pulis has tried to do that with some of the players he has bought, like Charlie Adam, as well as looking at alternative training methods.
Adam, with one assist, has not managed to infuse the side with his creativity and, on the pitch at least, it seems like Stoke's approach hasn't altered.
Time is running out and, to make matters worse, the home crowd is growing restless.
It seems Stoke can only play one way under Pulis and that way is no longer effective. Look at the table.
Stoke's 23 crosses and 10 shots per game this season illustrates their shortcomings as an attacking unit (via Whoscored.com).
They remain committed when they don't have possession, but their number of yellow cards (64) is the second-highest in the division while the number of fouls conceded per match (13) is the highest (via Whoscored.com).
All of this suggests heaping a whole lot of self-induced pressure and not much relief.