Stoke City head coach Nathan Jones has told the club website that he felt his side should have got more in their 1-0 loss against Middlesbrough.
The Potters have nothing to play for at this point of the season but they did want to be a spoiler for Middlesbrough who want a spot in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. But the game would be decided in Middlesbrough’s favour early on. Britt Assombalonga got the only goal of the game after just two minutes and Stoke were unable to respond and so they suffered another loss.
However Jones felt they should have got a goal during the match due to how dominant they were for the rest of the game and how disappointing it was for them to get nothing out of this match. But he did concede it was their inability to finish which cost them a point in this game.
He said: “Apart from one lapse in concentration at the start of the game I don’t think we were under pressure for 90 minutes.”
“I thought we dominated possession and the game. We got into the final third pretty much every time we attacked really and it was just a final ball, bit of quality or cutting edge that we lacked.”
“In terms of everything else I can’t fault them, I really can’t. They had a real desire and work-rate to do well.”
“We should have won the game comfortably. We have had enough possession and chances. We’ve had 14 shots, but only one on target and that’s the thing at the moment. How many set-pieces did we have, how many corners did we have?!”
“We were the better side all over today but with us just unable to convert our chances that is the reason why we are in the position we are, and they are in the position they are.”
“We just need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal which we are not quite at the moment.”
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